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October 2018 Volume 69 No 10 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 operamagazine @operamagazine @opera_magazine 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 T elephone: 020 3603 7940 jane@cabbell.co.uk Front cover V irginie Verrez and Emma Bell in Glyndebourne’s ‘Vanessa’ (see pp. 1294-6) (photo: Tristram Kenton)

Opera, October 2018

1189 Parallel tracks

By the Editor 1190 Phoenix risen

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Fortunato Ortombina discusses the transformation of La Fenice with Max Loppert 1196 Readers’ letters 1200 Culture: what else counts? Waldemar Dąbrowski in con versation with John Allison 1204 Newsdesk 1208 Super Mario

Matteo Sansone explores the work of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco 1212 Salvage and swordfights

Justin Lavender reflects on h is shift from singer to conductor with Nick Kimberley 1216 Obituaries 1219 Opera around the world 1269 Opera in Britain 1299 Opera on CD 1309 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1311 Opera books 1313 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Opera Australia; ‘We hear that …’ ; Opera calendar home and abroad 1327 Classified advertisements 1328 For the record

Rupert Christiansen

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