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February 2009 Volume 60 No 2

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: Marlis Petersen as Lulu in Chicago (see pp. 196-8) (photo: Dan Rest)

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

131 More than an opera house By the Editor

132 Readers’letters

136 People 354: Vivica Genaux George Hall

144 Lyric misgivings Colin Eatock on the operas Mendelssohn didn’t write

151 Newsdesk

153 Overgrown paths Dennis Marks reports from Brno

159 Richard Hickox, 1948-2008 Michael Kennedy

161 Richard Van Allan, 1935-2008 George Christie

162 Obituary

168 Opera around the world

202 Opera in Britain

220 Opera on CD

232 Opera on DVD

236 Opera books

241 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Catania, Santiago; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad

255 Classified advertisements

256 If I came back as … (the young)Siegfried John Rockwell

Opera, February 2009