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December 2011 Volume 62 No 12

Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Amanda Holloway Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Manager Andrew Miles

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

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Front cover: Mariusz Kwiecień as Count Almaviva at Santa Fe in 2008 (see pp. 1428-34) (photo: Ken Howard)

1427 Prize fights

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

By the Editor 1428 People 396: Mariusz Kwiecień

David Shengold 1435 Readers’ letters 1436 Too hot for the Bolshoy

Martin Anderson on Shostakovich’s ‘Orango’ 1443 Newsdesk 1446 Composer of two worlds

Rebecca Paller revisits the operas of Gian Carlo Menotti 1452 Obituary 1455 Opera around the world

1485 Opera in Britain

1513 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1521 Opera on CD 1532 Opera books 1538 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Melbourne, Rome, San Diego, Valencia; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1551 Classified advertisements 1552 Wish I’d been there …

John Allison

Opera, December 2011