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Founded by 1he Earl of Harewood Edi1or 1953-86 Harold Rosemhal, OBE

April 1988 Vol 39 No 4

Edi!Or

Max Lopperr Associale Ediwr

Alan Blyth, Elizabeth Forbes, Arthur Jacobs , EdiFOrial Board William Mann, Charles Osborne, Andrew Porter,

Desmond Shawe-Taylor , John Warrack oel Goodwin Overseas

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Deidre Tilley Personal Assislanl

10 !he Edi1or la Moumgrove Road, London N5 2LU Editorial Offices

Always wrong by the Editor 401

The key to the future: a new era at Covent Garden 402

Readers' Letters 411

Obituary 418

'The purpose of playing' by N icholas Hytner 419

In the News 423

The case of 'Beatrice Cenci' by Paul Banks 426

Book Reviews 432

Our Critics Abroad: reports from Ital y, America, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Monaco, Netherlands,

Switzerland 436

COM! G EVENTS-SUPPLEMENT

including plans for Covent Garden, ENO, WNO, Scottish

Opera, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh , Seattle, Melbourne, Berlin; Festivals 1988; 'We hear that .. .

Record Reviews

44 1-456 456

British Opera Diary, including reviews of 'Orfeo ed Euridice ' at Covent Garden and Cambridge; 'Billy Budd',

'Madama Butterfly' and 'Orpheus in the Underworld' at the Coliseum; Scottish Opera's 'Cosi fan tutte'; Opera 80's

'Seraglio' and 'Carmen'; 'Jenufa' and 'Un ballo in maschera' at Covent Garden

Student Performance Classified Advertisements

489 506 512

Front cover : (I. to r.) Jeremy Isaacs, Bernard Haitink and

Paul Findlay: respectively General Director designate , Music Director of the Royal Opera, and Opera Director at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden .

(photo: Reg Wilson)

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