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March 2018 Volume 69 No 3 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Roger Parker Editorial O ces 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 operamagazine @operamagazine Subscriptions Esco, Trinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield, Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 Digital edition Exact Editions Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbells Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 Front cover Sonia Yoncheva as Mimì in Paris’s new ‘La Bohème’ (see pp. 295-6) (photo: Bernd Uhlig)

Opera, March 2018

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

245 Luck of the Irish By the Editor 246 International Opera Awards 251 People 461: Anthony Roth Costanzo David Shengold 257 Readers’ letters 260 Flushed with success Henrietta Bredin on singing and the menopause 265 Newsdesk 268 ‘A spark of God’ John Tyrrell and Nigel Simeone discuss Janá ek’s last opera 276 Obituaries 277 Opera around the world 321 Opera in Britain 331 Opera on CD 345 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 349 Opera books 351 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Irish National Opera, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 367 Classified advertisements 368 My opera city … Andreas Haefliger