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Smillie by name and smiley by ... Kentucky Opera 's dynamic general director Thomson Smillie has put his company firm ly on the US opera map. See

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Opera News News, ideas and previews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 News features Glyndeboume Touring plans- Kate Hardy talks to Fiona Kimm, Regina Nathan and lvor Bolton. Graeme Kay meets Bologna's music director, Riccardo Chailly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Opera People with a Salzburg sla nt. Lucia Popp, Claudio Abbado and EsaPekka Salonen talk to Andrew Stewart ........... . ..... . ............... 13 John Eliot Gardiner is one of Britain 's top opera conductors. Yet his international eo-productions can't be seen in the UK. Graeme Kay finds out why 19 New season supplement Robert Hartfo rd picks out the plums from the forthcoming Briti sh opera season ... . ..... . .................... 23 Singer of the Century John Steane explores the facts and the fictions surrounding Luisa Tetrazzini . ... . ... .... . .. . . .. . .. . .. . .. ...... . 28 Music Theatre Me! Cooper celebrates Sony's Broadway series, and meets the amazing man behind That's Entertainment Records . . ............ . ........... . 32 Opera Guide Noel Goodwin introduces Richard Strauss's monumental opera Die Frau ohne Schatten, coming soon to Salzburg and Covent Garden ... . ..... 34 Opera Jobs: The Wardrobe Director Keeping track of thousands of costumes and innumerable vital statistics would test anybody's sanity. Anne Inglis sees how the Royal Opera House's Janice Pullen holds down the biggest wardrobe job in the country. 36 Opera World Graeme Kay investigates a curious blend of opera and horse-racing in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky ......................... . .... . ..... .. .......... 40 Opera in View Richard Fawkes examines quality control in VHS videos, and recommends Delius from Decca ............................................. 48 What opera means to me Cricket umpire Dickie Bird .............. .. ..... . . 74

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Letters ... 22 Audio reviews ... 51 Box Office ... 58 Listings ... 59 Live reviews ... 71 Front cover: Fiona Kimm as Baba the Turk in Glyndebourne Touring Opera's production of The

Rake's Progress. See news feature p8. Photo: Lawrence Watson

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