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July 2009 Volume 60 No 7

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: Juan Diego Flórez (see pp. 772-9) (photo: Decca/Johannes Ifkovits)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal

and Rodney Milnes

771 Not forever

By the Editor 772 People 360: Juan Diego Flórez

George Hall 779 Readers’ letters 782 Making an opera noir

Terry Teachout on the genesis of ‘The Letter’ 789 Newsdesk 793 Marriage guidance

Dennis Marks at Opera Europa’s Barcelona forum 798 Obituary 799 Opera around the world 846 Opera in Britain 871 Opera on CD 880 Opera on DVD 885 Opera books 889 Coming events

including plans for the UK houses (with 2009-10 season plans for Opera North, Scottish Opera and WNO), Antwerp and Ghent, Barcelona, Berlin (Staatsoper), Frankfurt, Hamburg, Helsinki, Lyon, Madrid, Munich (Staatsoper), Tel Aviv; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 903 Classified advertisements 904 Wish I’d been there …

Rodney Milnes

Opera, July 2009