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December 2007 Volume 58 No 12

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Assistant Sara-Mae Tuson Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Andrew Porter Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 e-mail: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Tel: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: John Tomlinson as the Wanderer at Covent Garden (see pp. 1499-1502) (photo: Clive Barda)

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

1423 Five on Adventure Island By the Editor 1424 People 340: Franz Welser-Möst John Allison 1432 Newsdesk 1434 The lost Flowermaiden Mike Ashman on the trail of Carrie Pringle 1439 An accidental singer Stephen Pettitt looks back at Richard Van Allan’s career 1444 Opera around the world 1492 Opera in Britain 1522 Opera on CD 1528 Opera on DVD 1529 Opera books 1533 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Graz, Nancy, Nice, Tel Aviv, Lisbon; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1547 Classified advertisements 1548 If I came back as … Pasha Selim Roger Parker

Opera, December 2007