April 2024 Vol ume 75 No. 4 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin US Editor Rebecca Paller Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Roger Parker Editorial O ffices Rivermead 6 Lower Teddington Road Hampton Wick KT1 4ER Tel: +44 (0)20 8563 8893 editor@opera.co.uk www.opera.co.uk

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Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal

and Rodney Milnes

437 Balancing acts

By the Editor 438 Newsdesk 4 42 Child’s play

Great singers in great roles: François Le Roux talks to Jon Tolansky about Pelléas and Golaud 4 49 Readers’ letters 451 Follow the swallow

Ditlev Rindom on the original ‘La rondine’ 456 Jules Verne at the opera

Christopher Webber 463 People 525: Julia Bullock

Jennifer Melick 469 The dream of love

William V. Madison on ‘The Bartered Bride’ at the Met 475 Metropolitan Opera broadcasts 479 Opera in the USA 495 Opera around the world 519 Opera in the UK 527 Opera on CD 538 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 542 Opera books 544 Obituaries 549 Coming events

including plans for the UK houses (with the 2024 -5 WNO season) and LA Opera; Spotlight; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 560 Stage Door: Anthony Ciaramitaro

Rebecca Paller

Opera, April 2024