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May 2008

Volume 59 No 5

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: Danielle de Niese (see pp. 507-13) (photo: Decca/Lorenzo Aguis)

501 Fear and loathing By the Editor

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

502 Giuseppe Di Stefano, 1921-2008 Pláácido Domingo and Martin Bernheimer

505 Anthony Minghella, 1954-2008 David Parry

507 People 345:Danielle de Niese Hugh Canning

513 Readers’letters

516 Alife in opera Richard Osborne celebrates the Karajan centenary

523 Newsdesk

525 Honour restored George Loomis introduces Haléévy’s ‘Clari’

530 Obituary

532 Opera around the world

569 Opera in Britain

593 Opera on DVD

598 Opera on CD

603 Opera books

605 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with season plans for Covent Garden and the 2008 BBC Proms), Paris (Opééra National), New York (Met); ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad

623 Classified advertisements

624 If I came back as ... the Count Norman Rosenthal

Opera, May 2008