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August 2006 Volume 57 No 8

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: Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca at Covent Garden (see pp. 997-8) (photo: Catherine Ashmore)

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

899Festive spirit By the Editor 900Unpremeditated art Charles Osborne on George Bernard Shaw, the music critic 907Readers’letters 910Beyond pioneering Michael Shmith on Opera Australia’s first half-century 918Newsdesk 921People 328: Michael Schade Stephen Pettitt 926Obituary 927Opera around the world 970Opera in Britain 999Opera on CD 1005Opera on DVD 1008Opera books 1011Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Helsinki, Berlin (Staatsoper Unter den Linden), Gothenburg, Stockholm, Zurich; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1023Classified advertisements 1024Singers remembered: Rita Hunter Peter Alward

Opera, August 2006