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July 2010 Vo lume 61 No 7

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Kate Molleson Publisher Fletcher Dhew Subscript ion Manager Megan Jackson

Editorial Board Martin Bernheim er Hugh Canni ng Rupert Christ ianse n Andrew Clark Andrew Clem ents Richa rd Fairm an George Hall Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddock s Rodney Milnes (Chairman ) Roger Parker Andrew Porter

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Fr ont cover: Lorina Gore as Honey B. in Opera Australia’s premiere of ‘Bliss’ (see pp. 818-21) (photo: Jef f Busby)

779 I talian lessons

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Har ewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

By the Editor 780 Peo ple 381: Helen Donath

David Shengo ld 788 Reade rs’ lett ers 791 An unli kely frien dship

Pete r Fr eesto ne re calls the meeting of two vocal legends 795 Newsd esk 801 S trauss & Co.

As the Salzbur g Festival celebrate s its 90th annivers ary , Mike Ashma n looks at its fraught early years 810 Ste fanos Laza ridis, 1942-20 10

David Pount ney , John Cople y and Rodne y Milne s 816 Ob itua ry 817 Opera ar ound the world 861 Opera in Britain 883 Opera on television 886 Op era on DVD & Blu-r ay 896 Op era on CD 900 Opera books 906 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with 2010-1 1 season plans for Opera North and Scott ish Opera) , Antwerp , Frankf urt, Ghent, Montre al, Munich (Staa tsope r); ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 919 Classifie d advertise ments 920 Wi sh I’d been there …

Joan Matabos ch

Opera, July 2010