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January 2008 Volume 59 No 1

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson

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Front cover: Paolo Gavanelli as Dulcamara at Covent Garden (see pp. 6-12, 77-9) (photo: Catherine Ashmore)

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

5 The plot thickens By the Editor 6 People 341:Paolo Gavanelli Hugh Canning 12 Readers’letters 15 The coolest composer? Julian Grant examines Rimsky-Korsakov’s centennial legacy 22 Newsdesk 26 Arabian opera nights John Allison on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Baghdad opera house 30 Obituary 32 Opera around the world 63 Opera in Britain 83 Opera on CD 90 Opera on DVD 93 Opera books 98 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Vienna (Theater an der Wien), Catania, Palermo, Venice; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad 111 Classified advertisements 112 If I came back as ... Papageno Jaap van Zweden

Opera, January 2008