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July 2008 Volume 59 No 7

Editor John Allison Marketing Director Alice Lindsay Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Subscriptions Manager 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 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 e-mail: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Tel: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: James Laing as Oberon and Tom Walker as Puck in Opera North’s new ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (see pp. 834-5) (photo: Tristram Kenton)

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

757 A squawk in the park By the Editor 758 People 347: Kazushi Ono Andrew Clark 764 Readers’ letters 768 Mexican revolution John Allison reports on a revitalized company 772 Newsdesk 776 Voci Verdiane Yehuda Shapiro investigates a threatened species 782 Obituary 786 Opera around the world 826 Opera in Britain 847 Opera on CD 856 Opera on DVD 862 Opera books 865 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with season announcements for the Southbank Centre, Opera North, Scottish Opera), Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Barcelona, Madrid; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 879 Classified advertisements 880 If I came back as … Jenufa Shirley Apthorp

Opera, July 2008