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January 201 1 Vo lume 62 No 1 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Amanda Holloway Subscripti ons Manager Megan Jackson Publishi ng Manager Andrew Miles Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer 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 Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Te lephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 e-mail: .uk We bsite: www Subscripti ons Te lephone: 020 8748 091 1 e-mail: operasubs Adverti sing Jane Stoggl es Cabbell Publishing Ltd Te lephone: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Fr ont cover: Michael Kepler Meo and Wa yne Ti gges in ‘The Golden Ti cket’ at We xford (see pp. 46-8) (photo: Clive Barda)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal

3 Caroline knows best?

By the Editor and Rodney Milnes

4 ‘Viva VERDI!’

Daniel Snowman

11 Readers’ letters 13 Opera in a cold climate

Mikko Franck talks to John Allison about FNO’s centenary

16 Newsdesk 19 People 386: Clive Bayley

Rupert Christiansen

25 Shirley Verrett, 1931-2010

Roger Pines

29 Opera around the world 89 Opera in Britain 99 Opera on DVD 103 Opera on CD 11 2 Opera books 113 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Catania, Santiago; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 127 Classified advertisements 128 Wish I’d been there …

John Gilhooly

Opera, January 2011