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June 201 1 Vo lume 62 No 6 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Amanda Holloway Subscriptions Manager Megan Jackson Publishing Manager Andrew Miles Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman Geor ge Hall Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks 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 email: We bsite: www Subscriptions Te lephone: 020 8748 091 1 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Te lephone: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Fr ont cover: Joyce DiDonato and Diana Damrau in ‘Le Comte Ory’ at the Met (see pp. 709-1 1) (photo: Marty Sohl/ Metropolitan Opera)

Opera, June 2011

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

635 Lone stars

By the Editor 636 People 391: Anthony Whitworth-Jones

Rupert Christiansen 642 Readers’ letters 644 Boy wonder

Nico Muhly talks to Kristin Cowdin 651 Newsdesk 655 An imperfect Wagnerite

Rodney Milnes on a stormy on-off love affair 664 Classical proportions

Ian Page talks to Amanda Holloway 667 Obituary 668 Opera around the world 716 Opera in Britain 734 Opera on CD 741 Opera on DVD 743 Opera books 744 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with ENO’s 2011-12 season), Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Madrid; ‘We hear that …’ ; Opera calendar home and abroad 759 Classified advertisements 760 Wish I’d been there …

Jerry Floyd