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November 2012 Volume 63 No 11

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Hugo Shirley Commercial Director Megan Jackson

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: Jonas Kaufmann as Bacchus in the Salzburg Festival’s new Ariadne auf Naxos (see pp. 1365-6) (photo: Ruth Walz)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

1323 And the winner is …

By the Editor 1324 People 405: Dolora Zajick

Martin Bernheimer 1330 Readers’ letters 1332 ‘Vissi d’arte’

John Copley talks to John Allison 1339 Portraits from ‘Pelléas’

Leading interpreters of Debussy’s opera talk to Jon Tolansky 1346 Newsdesk 1350 Vacillating hero

Carlos María Solare on Meyerbeer and ‘Robert le diable’ 1357 Chopin at the opera

John Allison explores the pianistic afterlife of ‘Robert le diable’ 1361 Obituary 1363 Opera around the world

1405 Opera in Britain

1420 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1425 Opera on CD 1437 Opera books 1442 Coming events including plans for the UK houses; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1455 Classified advertisements 1456 Wish I’d been there …

William Lyne

Opera, November 2012