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May 2021 Volume 72 No. 5 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 Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in ‘La traviata’ at the Vienna Staatsoper (see pp. 594-5) (photo: Wiener Staatsoper/ Michael Poehn)

Opera, May 2021

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

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By the Editor 514 Newsdesk 521 The 2020-21 International Opera Awards 544 People 495: David Butt Philip

Hugh Canning 551 Delicacy and strength

Great singers in great roles: Raina Kabaivanska talks to Roger Pines about Adriana Lecouvreur 557 Opening the opera drawer

David Chandler on Napoleon, Paisiello and ‘Le cantatrici villane’ 563 Exotic and irrational

Brian Robins revisits Samuel Johnson 568 A bit of a break

Brindley Sherratt on enforced inactivity 572 Hunger games

Sarah Noble talks to young singers adjusting to operatic life in the wake of Covid 577 Readers’ letters 578 Singing your age

Stephen A. Brown on career navigation, part 3 584 James Levine, 1943-2021

John Rockwell 588 Obituaries 593 Opera around the world 616 Opera online 621 Opera on CD 639 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 643 Opera books 647 Coming events including plans for Bampton, Bucharest, Buxton, Cincinnati, St Louis, Sydney; Spotlight; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 655 Classified advertisements 656 For the record

Marie McLaughlin

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