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Founded by the Earl of Harewood Editor 1953-86 Harold Rosenthal, QBE

February 1989 Vol 40 No 2

RODNEY MILNES

Max Loppert

Alan Blyth, Hugh Canning, Elizabeth Forbes, Arthur Jacobs,

\Villiarn Mann, Charlt:s Osborne, Andrew Poner,

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, John Warrack

Editor Associate Ediror Editorial Board

Noel Goodwin Overseas News Editor Richard Fairman Assistant Editor

Deidre Tilley Administrative Director

Ja Mountgrove Road, London N5 2LU Editorial Offices Telephone: 01-359 1037 FAX: 01-354 2700

Opera-bouffe by the Editor 139

Rimsky's flight of fantasy by Geoffrey Norris 140

Readers ' letters 144

Obituary 148

The g reat Italian picture show by Rodney Milnes 150

ln the ews 158

Berio , Calvino and an opera of crossed destinies by Andrew

Clements 161

'la Boheme' on film and record by Max Loppert 166

Book Reviews 169 Ban6k on Stage 174

Our Critics Abroad: reports from West Germany, Germany (DDR), America, Austria, Chile, Hungary, Ital y, Netherlands,

Poland, Yugoslavia 179

COMING EVENTS-SUPPLEMENT

including plans for all the UK houses, D'Oyl y Carte, Pittsburgh,

San Francisco, aples, Parma, Venice; 'We hear that ... '

Record Reviews

British Opera Diary, includin g reviews of 'The Mikado' at the Coliseum; 'Rigo letto ' and 'Semele ' at Covent Garden; Opera orth's 'Pearl Fishers' and 'Aida'; and 'St Franc;ois d'Assise' at the Royal Festiva l Hall

Fringe Performances Student Performances

In Concert

C lassified Advertisements

185-198 198

225 236 242 245 256

Front cove r: Anne-Marie Owens (Solokha) and John Connell hub) in English at iona l Opera's new production of 'Christmas

Eve' (Photo : Bill Rafferty)

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