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March 2008 Volume 59 No 3

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

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Front cover: Anna Netrebko as Violetta at Covent Garden (see pp. 326-7) (photo: Catherine Ashmore)

245 Stage vs screen By the Editor

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

246 Parallel lives Thomas Allen in conversation with Max Loppert

255 Readers’letters

258 People 343: John Treleaven John Allison

268 Newsdesk

271 The art of noise William Germano on sound and silence in Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’

278 ‘Zampa’florissant Gerald Larner revisits Héérold’s pirate opera

281 Obituary

284 Opera around the world

316 Opera in Britain

330 Opera on CD

338 Opera on DVD

347 Opera books

351 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (including the 2008-9 season at WNO), Brisbane, Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad

367 Classified advertisements

368 If I came back as ... Nick Shadow Natalie Dessay

Opera, March 2008