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March 2010 Vo lume 61 No 3 Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Kate Molleson Publisher Fletcher Dhew Subscription Manager Megan Jackson 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 e-mail: editor@opera.co.uk Website: www.opera.co.uk Subscriptions Telephone: 020 8748 0911 e-mail: operasubs@opera.co.uk Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 8971 8450 Fax: 020 8971 8480 Front cover: Alžběta Poláčková as Mariken in the new Prague production of Martinu’s ‘Plays of Mary’ (photo: Petra Hajská)

259 Pop go the weasels

By the Editor 260 People 376: Susan Bickley

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Har old Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Hilary Finch 266 Readers’ letters 270 Giving voice to beauty

Roger Pines salutes Samuel Barber’s centenary 276 Newsdesk 280 Sin and sacrament

Barry Emslie on Wagner’s uses of blood 288 Obituary 289 Opera around the world 338 Opera in Britain 349 Opera on DVD 353 Opera on CD 365 Opera books 368 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, St Paul, Seattle, Toronto; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 383 Classified advertisements 384 Wish I’d been there …

Andrew Litton

Opera, March 2010

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