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January 2007 Volume 58 No 1

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson

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: Geoffrey Dolton and Ann Murray in ‘The Gondoliers’at ENO (see pp. 91-2) (photo: Tristram Kenton)

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

3 New year, new look By the Editor 4 No turning back Elaine Padmore talks to Andrew Clark about the Royal Opera’s 60th birthday and her vision for its future 11 Readers’letters 14 People 332: Alessandro Corbelli George Hall 20 Amazing Grace A70th birthday appreciation by Yehuda Shapiro 23 Newsdesk 27 Practice and pragmatism Richard Law on Philip Gossett’s latest book 32 Opera around the world 71 Opera in Britain 93 Opera on CD 104 Opera on DVD 110 Opera books 114 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Vancouver, Marseille, Duisburg, Düüsseldorf, Monte-Carlo; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 127 Classified advertisements 128 If I came back as ... Rosina Antonia Fraser

Opera, January 2007