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JUNE 1994

Editor Graeme Kay Deputy Editor Rachel Connolly Associate Editors Ashutosh Khandekar

Clare Stewart Art Editor Sarah Davies Deputy Art Editors

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(0895 444055) (Front cover) Cheryl Studer Photo: DGG (R ight) Amhony Rolfe Jolmson as Peter Grimes

Photo: Bill Cooper

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Opera news and features The price of success: new seasons at Covent Garden and English National Opera (6) • Edinburgh's long-awaited opera house; Proms opera preview (8) • People in the news: conductor Yuri Temirkanov; composers Louis Andriessen and Martin Butler; and Sadler's Wells Opera veteran Eric Shilling ( 10) • news in brief ( 13)

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Music theatre special feature Kent Opera is back with The Prodigal Son. Richard Fawkes talks to founder Norman Platt, and producer Tim Carroll (16)

• Peter Maxwell Davies' stunning operatic mystery, The Lighthouse is revived by Music Theatre Wales. Rachel Connolly reports (20)

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Cover feature Sing-anything Cheryl Studer is back at Covent Garden as Aida. Phi I Sommerich profiles an unusually versatile American soprano

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Singers of the Century Arleen Auger's singing was suffused with human warmth; she died at the peak of her powers. John Steane pays tribute to a lyric soprano who put dedication to music before career

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Opera People Andrew Stewart meets designer David Fielding, now branching out into directing; Covent Garden's 'other' Aida Nina Rautio, and the ebullient tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini

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Every day another miracle ... Anne Inglis joins Welsh National Opera and discovers that no show would ever make it to the stage without brains, brawn and Marks & Spencer

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Opera Guide Wagner's monumental Ring cycle presents opera companies with their biggest single challenge. In the first of a four-part series, Noel Goodwin introduces the prelude to the main event- Das Rheingold

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Opera World Opera with a wall and with no back wall at all? St Louis and Santa Fe offer two of the US A's more exotic operatic experiences. Heidi Waleson reports

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