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June 2018 Volume 69 No 6 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 Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 editor@opera.co.uk www .opera.co.uk operam agazine @operamagazin e @opera_magazi ne Subscriptions and customer services Esco, Trinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield, Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 opera@escosubs.co.uk Digital edition Exact Editions support@exacteditions.com www .exacteditions.com/opera Advertising Jane Stoggles, Cabbells Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 jane@cabbell.co.uk Fr ont cover Katarina Karnéus in ‘Der Besuch der alten Dame’ at the Theater an der Wien (see pp. 681-2) (photo: Werner Kmetitsch)

Opera, June 2018

645 In the pipeline

By the Editor 646 People 463: Maria Agresta

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Roger Pines 652 Readers’ letters 654 Arabian opera nights Umberto Fanni talks to John Allison 657 Newsdesk 663 The Fest shift

Five singers on the experien ce of working in Germany 670 Isouard of Malta

Martin Dreyer assesses the composer ’s legacy on the bicentenary of his death 674 Obituaries 675 Opera around th e world 728 Opera in Britain 747 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 754 Opera on CD 766 Opera books 769 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with the 2018-19 seasons at English National Opera and Scottish Opera), Opera Vlaanderen and the Royal

Opera House Muscat; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and ab road 783 Classified advertisements 784 My opera city …

Simon O’Neill

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