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August 201 1 Vo lume 62 No 8 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 operamagazine operamagazine 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: Juan Diego Flórez (see pp. 902-9) (photo: Decca/Josef Gallauer)

891 Global village

By the Editor 892 People 392: Alberto Zedda

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Nicolas Blanmont 899 Readers’ letters 902 The new conquistadors

Robert Turnbull on why many South American singers head north 909 Newsdesk 913 Total art worker

David Syrus, the Head of Music at the Royal Opera celebrating 40 years with the company, talks to Yehuda Shapiro 917 Obituary 919 Opera around the world 968 Opera in Britain 995 Opera on CD 1001 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1005 Opera books 1007 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Boston, Toulouse; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1015 Classified advertisements 1016 Wish I’d been there …

Susan Bullock

Opera, August 2011