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March 2012 Volume 63 No 3

Editor John Allison Deputy Editor Erica Jeal (on leave) Assistant Editor Hugo Shirley 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: Rita Gorr as Amneris at the Met (see pp. 287-90) (photo: Louis Mélançon)

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

259 Coming closer

By the Editor 260 Readers’ letters 264 European unions

David Pountney tells John Allison about his plans for WNO 271 A date with the devil

Samuel Ramey talks to John Tolansky 278 Newsdesk 282 Long way from Tipperary

Andrew Lamb traces the remarkable career of William Wallace 287 Rita Gorr, 1926-2012

Max Loppert 290 Martin Isepp, 1930-2011

Jane Glover 292 Obituary 295 Opera around the world

341 Opera in Britain

347 Opera on CD 363 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 367 Coming events including plans for the UK houses (with WNO’s 2012-13 season), Chicago, Dallas, Madrid, San Francisco, Toronto; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 383 Classified advertisements 384 Wish I’d been there …

Christopher Maltman

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