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May 2009 Volume 60 No 5

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: Marisol Montalvo as Lulu in Basel (see pp. 570-2) (photo: Hans-Jörg Michel)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal

and Rodney Milnes

515 Mixed messages

By the Editor 516 People 358: Christopher Purves

Erica Jeal 522 Readers’ letters 527 Desert island Haydn 535 Newsdesk 540 Phoenix rising

John Allison reports from Arizona Opera 546 Obituary 548 Opera around the world 586 Opera in Britain 611 Opera on CD 618 Opera on DVD 623 Opera books 624 Coming events

including plans for the UK houses, Amsterdam, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), New York (City Opera); ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 639 Classified advertisements 640 Wish I’d been there …

Nicholas Payne

Opera, May 2009