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February 2008 Volume 59 No 2

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Assistant Susan Randall 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: Plácido Domingo as Oreste in ‘Iphigénie en Tauride’ at the Met (see p. 184) (photo: Ken Howard)

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117 Save Birmingham By the Editor 118 People 342: Gianandrea Noseda Lynne Walker 126 Readers’ letters 128 New deal Scottish Opera’s Alex Reedijk talks to Andrew Clark 140 Newsdesk 142 An Anglo-Irish Rossini? Basil Walsh on M.W. Balfe’s remarkable career 149 Obituary 153 Opera around the world 190 Opera in Britain 205 Opera on CD 216 Opera on DVD 221 Opera books 224 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Adelaide, Melbourne (Victorian Opera), Perth, Santiago, Auckland, Wellington; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 239 Classified advertisements 240 If I came back as … Baron Ochs Patrick O’Connor

Opera, February 2008