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January 2010 Volume 61 No 1 Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Kate Molleson Publisher Fletcher Dhew Subscription 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: Laura Aikin in the title role of L’arbore di Diana at the Liceu in Barcelona (see pp. 65-6) (photo: Antonio Bofill)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

3 New approaches

By the Editor 5 People 374: David Stern

John Allison 11 Readers’ letters 14 Parallel lives

Matthias Goerne talks to Patrick O’Connor 20 Opéra mécanique

Kate Molleson explores the operas of Ezra Pound 25 Newsdesk 28 Midwest magic

John Allison reports from Minnesota Opera 33 Wish fulfilment

Roger Pines welcomes a grand finale to ‘The Record of Singing’ 38 Obituary 40 Opera around the world 72 Opera in Britain 101 Opera on CD 110 Opera on DVD 112 Opera books 115 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Santiago; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 127 Classified advertisements 128 Wish I’d been there …

Joyce Bourne

Opera, January 2010