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May 2019 Volume 70 No. 5 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Roger Parker Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 editor@opera.co.uk www.opera.co.uk operamagazine @operamagazine @opera_magazine Subscriptions and customer services Esco, Trinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield, Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 opera@escosubs.co.uk Digital edition Exact Editions support@exacteditions.com www.exacteditions.com/opera Advertising Jane Stoggles, Cabbells Ltd T elephone: 020 3603 7940 jane@cabbell.co.uk Front cover Sonya Y oncheva (see pp. 532-9) (photo: Kristian Schuller)

Opera, May 2019

521 Festive manoeuvres

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

By the Editor 523 Festivals spotlight 526 Festivals directory 532 People 473: Sonya Yoncheva

John Allison 539 Readers’ letters 540 Home-grown Verdi

Stephen Hastings on Parma’s Festival Ver di 544 Newsdesk 547 Forty years young

The Buxton Festival’ s new team in conversation with George Hall 551 A town without opera?

George Loomis profiles the Boston opera scene 556 Thunder and lighting Martin Duncan and Francis O’Connor talk to

Henrietta Bredin about the c hallenge of a naturally-lit stage 559 Obituaries 564 Opera around the world 606 Opera in Britain 626 Opera on CD 634 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 636 Opera books 639 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Paris, T okyo; ‘We hear that …’; Opera ca lendar home and abroad 655 Classified advertisements 656 For the record …

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