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April 2010 Volume 61 No 4 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 Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 e-mail: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: Richard Jones’s new production of The Gambler at Covent Garden (see pp. 475-7) (photo: Clive Barda)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

387 A special relationship?

By the Editor 388 A life in opera

Hans Werner Henze talks to John Allison 394 Readers’ letters 397 People 377: Lawrence Brownlee

David Shengold 403 Newsdesk 408 Three-dimensional chess

John McMurray re sponds to the debate over ENO’s casting 413 Polishing up the past

Michael Ta nner welcomes the first operas fr om Immortal Performances 418 Irina Arkhipova, 1925-2010

David Shengold 420 Obituary 422 Opera around the world 466 Opera in Britain 482 Opera on CD 490 Opera on DVD 494 Opera books 497 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Barcelona, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 511 Classified advertisements 512 Wish I’d been there …

Hugh Canning

Opera, April 2010