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February 1980

Vol 31 No 2

Founded by the Earl of Harewood



Associate Editors Alan Blyth, Rodney Milnes Editorial Board Elizabeth Forbes, Arthur Jacobs, Max Loppert,

William Mann, Charles Osborne, Andrew Porter, Desmond Shawe-Taylor, John Warrack

Personal Assistant to the Editor Deidre Tilley Editorial Offices: 6 Woodfa11d Rise, Lo11don N JO 3UH

In the News The aivete of Verdi by Isaiah Berlin Opera's 30th Birthday Singing Competitions The Hungarian opera scene by Iran Kertesz Book Reviews

126 128 136 ]37 ]3 8 144

Readers' Letters


Our Critics Abroad : reports from America, Canada, France, Germany, Ital y 150

COMING EVE TS - SUPPLEME T including plans for ew York City Opera, Opera du Rhin , Turin , Venice; 'We hear that ... '; Opera Calendar 153- 162

Gramophone Record

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British Opera Diary: in cl uding re ie ws of 'Cosi fan tutte' and 'Die Fledermaus' at Covent Garden ; 'Juliu s Caesar' and 'A ight in Venice' at the Coliseum; the Welsh National Opera·s London season; a nd the E 0

orth's ·Merry Widow '

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Front cover: Valerie Masterson and Janet Baker in 'Julius Caesar' at th e London Coliseum

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