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ow NOVEMBER 1992

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Charnel4 opera? Grisly goings on, certainly, in Welsh National

Opera's Elektra. See p50

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Opera News Luciano Pavarotti at Covent Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 News features Elisabeth SOderstrom is quitting the opera stage to stage opera, as she tells Andrew Stewart. Peter Sellars talks to Graeme Kay about Messiaen, the Universe and everything . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Opera People by Andrew Stew art. Alan Sievewright comes out of his corner; Slovak composer Juraj BeneS talks about his Mecklenburgh opera, and Opera North's new Susanna, Linda Kitchen, discusses role-playing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cover feature ENO audiences are in for more G&S high jinks as Ken Russell directs, and Jane Glover conducts, Princess /da. Richard Fawkes meets the production team, while Andrew Stewart seeks out the princess herself, Rosemary Joshua . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 The Richard Wagner Edition is out on CD and video. Simon Trezise listens in while Richard Fawkes surveys the scenes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Books Top of everyone's Christmas list is the New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Editor Stanley Sadie explains how to be definitive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Sir Geraint Evans Noel Goodwin salutes the great Welsh baritone, who died in September . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Music Theatre A palpable hit - that's the new King and I , says Mel Cooper 32 Singers of the Century Giacomo Lauri-Volpi: super ego, but indisputably a super voice, says John Steane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Opera Guide Noel Goodwin introduces the Excursions ofJamicek's charming comic hero Mr Broucek, landing at ENO soon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Opera Jobs: The Company Manager Anne Inglis talks to Welsh National Opera's Barbara Edwards, about prima donnas and the police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Opera World George Hall visits the Rossini Festival at Pesaro

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Opera in View Samuel Ramey is devilishly good in Mefistofele, says Richard Fawkes 52 What opera means to me Musical theatre star Julie Andrews ... . ...... ... . .. 78

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