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February 2013 Volume 64 No 2

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: Galina Vishnevskaya as Tatyana on the Bolshoy’s 1969 visit to Paris (see pp. 150-4) (photo: Photo Pic, Paris)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

149 Past, present and …

By the Editor 150 ‘A diamond’s blaze’

John Allison on the life of Galina Vishnevskaya, 1926-2012 155 Readers’ letters 156 Of angels and devils

Krzysztof Penderecki talks to John Allison 163 Newsdesk 167 Ábrányi to Zandonai

Alexandra Wilson on the operatic afterlife of Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ 177 A serious business

Michael Shmith delves into the early Harewood-Rosenthal letters 185 Obituary 188 Opera around the world 228 Opera in Britain 237 Opera on CD 249 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 252 Opera books 257 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, the Salzburg Festival and San Francisco Opera; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 271 Classified advertisements 272 Wish I’d been there …

Ken Chalmers

Opera, February 2013