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September 2010 Volume 61 No 9

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Kate Molleson 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

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Front cover: Charles Mackerras in rehearsal with the Philharmonia Orchestra in December 2009 (photo: Clive Barda)

1059 To ugher than ever

By the Editor

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

1060 ‘Le grand Charles’

Lord Harewood, Dame Janet Baker, Dame Anne Evans and Rodney Milnes pay tribute to Sir Charles Mackerras

1066 People 383: Piotr Beczała

Hugh Canning

1076 Readers’ letters 1081 New broom Down Under

Lyndon Terracini tells John Allison about his plans for Opera Australia

1089 Newsdesk 1092 Professional polishing

George Hall on the work of British Youth Opera

1098 Obituary 1100 Opera around the world 1140 Opera in Britain 1166 Opera on radio 1168 Opera on DVD 1173 Opera on CD 1179 Opera books 1182 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Liège, Limoges, Paris (Châtelet), Stuttgart; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1191 Classified advertisements 1192 Wish I’d been there …

Simon Goldstone

Opera, September 2010