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November 2011 Volume 62 No 11

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

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Front cover: Susan Maclean as Kundry at Bayreuth (see pp. 1324-7) (photo: Bayreuther Festspiele, Enrico Nawrath)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

1291 Dig deeper

By the Editor 1292 People 395: Toby Spence

Roger Pines 1300 Readers’ letters 1303 Arbiter of taste

In Liszt’s bicentenary year, Tim Ashley examines the composer’s relationship with opera 1308 Newsdesk 1311 Most musical of tenors

Stephen Hastings on the recorded legacy of Jussi Björling 1316 Salvatore Licitra, 1968-2011

Max Loppert 1318 Obituary 1319 Opera around the world

1370 Opera in Britain

1394 Opera on CD 1402 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1408 Opera books 1409 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Lisbon, Sydney; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1423 Classified advertisements 1424 Wish I’d been there …

Yehuda Shapiro

Opera, November 2011