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April 2007 Volume 58 No 4

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: Sarah Connolly as Agrippina at ENO (see pp. 468-70) (photo: Clive Barda)

389 Second houses By the Editor

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

390 Crisis?What crisis? Erica Jeal at the inaugural European Opera Days conference

394 Readers’letters

396 People 334:Robert Tear Hugh Canning

404 Newsdesk

407 Gandhi through Glass John Rockwell on ‘Satyagraha’

416 Obituary

420 Opera around the world

461 Opera in Britain

478 Opera on CD

487 Opera on DVD

494 Opera books

496 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad

511 Classified advertisements

512 If I came back as ... Dandini Max Loppert

Opera, April 2007