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October 2015 Volume 66 No 10 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 email: Website: operamagazine @operamagazine Subscriptions Esco, T rinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield, Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 email: Front cover Kristīne Opolais (see pp. 1228-34) (photo: Tatyana Vlasova)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

1227 Identity crisis

By the Editor 1228 People 436: Kristīne Opolais

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Rian Evans 1234 Readers’ letters 1240 Katerina the great

Irina Shostakovich in conversation with Larissa Maksimova, marking the 40th anniversary of the composer’s death 1250 Newsdesk 1254 Unrealized potential Julian Grant on Mascagni’s ‘other’ operas 1260 Obituaries 1261 Opera around the world 1315 Opera in Britain 1332 Opera on CD 1344 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1348 Opera books 1352 Coming events including plans for the UK houses; ‘We hear that …’; Opera cal endar home and abroad 1367 Classified advertisements 1368 My opera city …

Martin Bernheimer

Opera, October 2015