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December 2008 Volume 59 No 12

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: Jonas Kaufmann (see pp. 1419-25) (photo: Decca/Uli Webber)

1411Turnaround time By the Editor

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

1412Readers’ letters

1414Cross and crescent George Hall’s listening guide to our cover CD

1419People 352: Jonas Kaufmann Hugh Canning


1429The ones that got away Patrick O’Connor on the tenors the record labels left behind

1438 Opera around the world

1481 Opera in Britain

1510Opera on DVD

1518Opera on CD

1526Opera books

1530 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Sydney, Melbourne, Montreal; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad

1543Classified advertisements

1544If I came back as … Kurwenal Timothy Walker

Opera, December 2008