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April 2008

Volume 59 No 4

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 Christy and Mark Stone in ENO’s new ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’(see pp. 461-2) (photo: Clive Barda)

371 Supermarket forces By the Editor

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

372 Birtwistle’s labyrinth David Beard introduces ‘The Minotaur’

381 Readers’letters

384 People 344:Richard Croft David Shengold

391 Newsdesk

394 Around the operatic edge Michael Kennedy on the operas of Ralph Vaughan Williams

400 Obituary

402 Opera around the world

443 Opera in Britain

465 Opera on CD

470 Opera on DVD

476 Opera books

479 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Washington; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad

495 Classified advertisements

496 If I came back as ... the Major Domo Michael Kennedy

Opera, April 2008