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October 2011 Volume 62 No 10 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 George Hall Michael Kennedy Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Andrew Porter Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 email: Website: operamagazine operamagazine Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: Kristne Opolais as Rusalka at the Munich Opera Festival (see pp. 1215-18) (photo: Wilfried Hösl)

Opera, October 2011

1163 London calling

By the Editor 1164 Beyond the visiting card

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Donald Runnicles tells Carlos María Solare about his Berlin plans 1172 Readers’ letters 1175 House of the midnight sun

Amanda Holloway visits the new-look Icelandic Opera 1180 Emotion of the moment

Jon Tolansky revisits his last conversation with Jon Vickers 1186 Newsdesk 1189 Ave, ‘Maria’

John Allison welcomes Roman Statkowski’s little-known masterpiece 1194 Obituary 1197 Opera around the world 1237 Opera in Britain 1257 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1263 Opera on CD 1269 Opera books 1272 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Nice; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1287 Classified advertisements 1288 Wish I’d been there …

Roger Pines