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May 2013 Volume 64 No 5 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal 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 Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 email: Website: operamagazine @operamagazine Subscriptions Telephone: 01371 851804 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 Fax: 020 8544 0811 Front cover Christopher Purves in the premiere of Glass’s ‘The Perfect American’ in Madrid (see pp. 615-17) (photo: Javier del Real)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

549 Mind the gap

By the Editor 550 People 410: Scott Hendricks

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

John Allison 558 Readers’ letters 561 Taking on the world

Yehuda Shapiro on the Turkish legacy of Leyla Gencer 569 Newsdesk 572 Close to the profession

The National Opera Studio’s Kathryn Harries talks to John Allison 577 Virtual totality

Hugo Shirley assesses C Major’s ‘Tutto Verdi’ 583 Wolfgang Sawallisch, 1923-2013

Kent Nagano pays tribute to his mentor and friend 585 Obituary 588 Opera around the world 631 Opera in Britain 655 Opera on CD 662 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 666 Opera books 671 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with the Royal Opera’s 2013-14 season), Brussels and Buenos Aires; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 687 Classified advertisements 688 Wish I’d been there …

Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Opera, May 2013