July 2021 Volume 72 No. 7 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Digital edition Exact Editions firstname.lastname@example.org www.exacteditions.com/opera Advertising Russell Bass, Cabbells Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7937 email@example.com Front cover Allan Clayton and Juan Leiba in ‘Peter Grimes’ at the Teatro Real, Madrid (see pp. 891-2) (photo: Javier del Real)
Opera, July 2021
Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood
Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes
807 Ungrateful critics?
By the Editor 808 Newsdesk 812 People 497: Roberta Alexander
Roger Pines 819 Reserves of energy
Great singers in great roles: John Tomlinson talks to Jon Tolansky about Wotan 827 Unperformable opera?
A round table discussion, with Nadine Benjamin, Rupert Christiansen, Allyson Devenish, Denyce Graves, Lindy Hume, David Henry Hwang, Max Loppert, Warren Mok, Nicholas Payne, Anna Picard, Tazewell Thompson, Nardus Williams, Graham Vick and Francesca Zambello 839 The elusive cosmopolitan
Flora Willson goes in search of Pauline Viardot-García 845 State visit
Erik Levi on the 1936 London residency of the Dresden Staatsoper 854 Like an artist, I die
Kamila Stępień-Kutera on Boito and his ‘Nerone’ 862 Readers’ letters 864 Property of the world
Anna Maria Barry on the international adventures of Charles Santley 868 Obituaries 873 Opera around the world 902 Opera in Britain 906 Opera online 909 Opera on CD 917 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 923 Opera books 927 Coming events including plans for ENO, Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie; Spotlight; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 935 Classified advertisements 936 For the record