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January 2012 Volume 63 No 1

Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Amanda Holloway Assistant Editor Hugo Shirley 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: Bryn Terfel as the Wanderer and Patricia Bardon as Erda in the Met’s new ‘Siegfried’ (see pp. 64-6) (photo: Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera)

Opera, January 2012

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

3 Only connect

By the Editor 4 That Broadway sound

Roger Pines looks at how vocalism in musical theatre has evolved over the decades 11 Readers’ letters 14 Americans in Versailles

George Loomis salutes Opera Lafayette’s rediscovery of Monsigny 17 People 397: Sophie Koch

Jon Tolansky 24 Newsdesk 28 Sparkle restored

George Loomis sees ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ in Moscow’s renovated Bolshoy Theatre 31 Obituary 32 Opera around the world

77 Opera in Britain

95 Opera on CD 102 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 107 Opera books 114 Coming events including plans for the UK houses; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 127 Classified advertisements 128 Wish I’d been there …

Horst Koegler