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April 2009 Volume 60 No 4

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: Nadja Michael in ‘Die tote Stadt’at Covent Garden (see pp. 460-1) (photo: Bill Cooper)

387 Finding Purcell By the Editor

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

388 Loving the big tunes André Previn talks to Rebecca Paller

393 Readers’letters

396 Between two wars, between two worlds James Conlon

403 Newsdesk

406 People 356: Katie Mitchell Rupert Christiansen

413 Obituary

417 Opera around the world

458 Opera in Britain

482 Opera on CD

490 Opera on DVD

494 Opera books

496 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis/St Paul, New York (Met), Seattle; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad

511 Classified advertisements

512 If I came back as … Benoit &Alcindoro George Hall

Opera, April 2009