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April 2021 Volume 72 No. 4 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board 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 Russell Bass, Cabbells Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7937 russell@cabbells.uk Front cover Peter Mattei (see pp. 396-404) (photo: Dario Acosta)

Opera, April 2021

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

387 Castles in the air?

By the Editor 388 Newsdesk 392 Steuart Bedford, 1939-2021

Janet Baker and John Allison 396 People 494: Peter Mattei

Rebecca Paller 405 Anger and poise

Great singers in great roles: Thomas Hampson talks to Jon Tolansky about Giorgio Germont 410 Readers’ letters 412 Water music

Savonlinna’s Ville Matvejeff talks to John Allison 417 ‘Theatre is light’

Netia Jones talks to Jessica Duchen 422 Mend your speech

As the Grange stages Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’, Matt Wolf talks to the team 427 Bridging the rainbow

Chris Walton on Wagner, Turner and the lakeside ‘Ring’ that never was 436 A different kind of voice

Lucia Ronchetti talks to Nick Kimberley 440 Fast and flexible

Nicholas Chalmers and Annie Lydford talk to Henrietta Bredin about new plans at Nevill Holt 445 Forgotten mastery

Conor Broughton rediscovers Antonio Cagnoni 449 Obituaries 457 Opera around the world 481 Opera online 484 Opera on CD 497 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 501 Opera books 504 Coming events including plans for Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park, Tokyo; Spotlight; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar abroad 511 Classified advertisements 512 For the record

Ernesto Palacio

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