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February 2007 Volume 58 No 2

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Assistant Sara-Mae Tuson

Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Alan Blyth Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Andrew Porter

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Front cover: Anna Caterina Antonacci as Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann as Don Joséé at Covent Garden (see pp. 218-220) (photo: Catherine Ashmore)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

131 Into the Euro zone By the Editor 132 Readers’letters 134 Planning opera’s future Nicholas Payne introduces the European Opera Days 140 View from the battlefield Gerard Mortier talks to Richard Fairman 147 The passion of the south Pedro Halffter talks to Xavier Cester about Seville’s operatic renaissance 150 Newsdesk 153 The wide view Horst Koegler welcomes the final volume of a monumental German encyclopedia 158 Obituary 159 Opera around the world 208 Opera in Britain 221 Opera on CD 230 Opera on DVD 237 Opera books 240 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Buenos Aires, Perth, Salzburg Festival (summer 2007); ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 255 Classified advertisements 256 If I came back as ... Basilio Robert Tear

Opera, February 2007