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April 2012 Volume 63 No 4

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) 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: Erwin Schrott and Ruxandra Donose in Don Giovanni at Covent Garden (see pp. 454-6) (photo: Mike Hoban)

Opera, April 2012

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

387 Reality check

By the Editor 388 ‘Higher to the ceiling’

Kasper Holten tells John Allison about his plans for Covent Garden 398 People 399: Camilla Tilling

Hugh Canning 404 Readers’ Letters 407 Living in hope?

Rodney Milnes examines operatic responses to war 412 Newsdesk 417 Hearts of darkness

Hugo Shirley introduces ‘Jakob Lenz’ and ‘Caligula’ 424 Elizabeth Connell, 1946-2012

Rodney Milnes 426 Obituary 430 Opera around the world

454 Opera in Britain

479 Opera on CD 490 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 492 Opera books 496 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with the Royal Opera’s 2012-13 season), Los Angeles and New York (Metropolitan Opera); ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 511 Classified advertisements 512 Wish I’d been there …

Alexander Vedernikov