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June 2010 Vo lume 61 No 6 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: Eung Kwang Lee (Figaro) and Maya Boog (Susanna) in ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ in Basel (photo: t+t Fotografie, Ta nja Dorendorf)

Opera, June 2010

651 World ash tree

By the Editor 652 People 380: Johan Botha

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

John Allison 660 Readers’ letters 662 The least Rossinian Rossini?

Richard Osborne looks forward to the UK’s first staged ‘Armida’ 668 Legends remembered

Gior gio Gualerzi pays tribute to Giulietta Simionato and toasts the 100th birthday of Magda Olivero 677 Newsdesk 681 ‘Beautiful pieces of music’

John Warrack on Schumann and the stage 686 Obituary 688 Opera around the world 731 Opera in Britain 740 Opera on DVD 749 Opera on CD 757 Opera books 759 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with 2010-11 season plans for ENO), Amsterdam, Brussels, Chicago, Lyon, Madrid, New York (NYCO); ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 775 Classified advertisements 776 Wish I’d been there …

James Gaffigan