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January 2009 Volume 60 No 1

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal Publisher Fletcher Dhew 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: Irina Samoylova in the title role of ‘The Snow Maiden’at Wexford (see pp. 49-52) (photo: Patrick Redmond)

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

3 Still looking forward? By the Editor

4 People 353:Anne Schwanewilms Roger Parker

11 Readers’letters

15 Return to the ghost town Eric Myers explores Korngold’s ‘Tote Stadt’

22 Newsdesk

27 Obituary

28 Opera around the world

73 Opera in Britain

98 Opera on film

99 Opera on CD

108 Opera on DVD

111 Opera books

115 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Venice, Tampere; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad

127 Classified advertisements

128 If I came back as … Zerbinetta Sue Graham-Dixon

Opera, January 2009