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October 2008 Volume 59 No 10

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Publisher Fletcher Dhew Marketing Director Alice Lindsay 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

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Front cover: Marietta Simpson and Allison Bell in ‘Love and Other Demons’ at Glyndebourne (see pp. 1224-7) (photo: Mike Hoban)

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

1147Criticism in a cold climate By the Editor

1148People 350: John Mark Ainsley Rupert Christiansen

1155Readers’ letters

1157Critical condition Brian Kellow mourns the disappearing art of writing about voices


1167Green Hill blues Robin Holloway loses his Bayreuth virginity


1187Opera around the world

1207Opera in Britain

1232Opera on CD

1244Opera on DVD

1248Opera books

1251Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Vienna (Theater an der Wien), Lyon, Berlin (Staatsoper), Hamburg, Munich, Lisbon, Valencia; ‘We hear that ...’; Opera calendar home and abroad

1271Classified advertisements

1272If I came back as ... Walther Stephen Kovacevich

Opera, October 2008