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June 2013 Volume 64 No 6 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 Esco, Trinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 email: Front cover Jonas Kaufmann (photo: Uli Weber/Decca)

693 Verdi or Wagner?

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

By the Editor 694 The Opera Awards 2013 696 People 411: Stephen Medcalf

John Allison 703 Newsdesk 708 Watching ‘Gloriana’ grow

Michael Shmith charts the genesis of ‘Gloriana’ through the words and letters of Lord Harewood 721 The name’s Plomer …

John Allison explores the other lives of Britten’s librettist 731 Attraction of opposites

Igor Toronyi-Lalic on Phaedra’s operatic evolution 736 Sir Colin Davis, 1927-2013

Jon Tolansky 739 Obituary 742 Opera around the world 783 Opera in Britain 797 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 802 Opera on CD 812 Opera books 815 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with season announcements for ENO and Opera North), Frankfurt, Lyon, Paris; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 831 Classified advertisements 832 Wish I’d been there …

John Carmody

Opera, June 2013