November 2013 Volume 64 No 11 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Hugo Shirley Commercial Director 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 email: Website: operamagazine @operamagazine Subscriptions Esco, Trinity House, Sculpins Lane, Wethersfield Braintree CM7 4AY Telephone: 01371 851804 Fax: 01371 851808 email: Advertising Jane Stoggles Cabbell Publishing Ltd Telephone: 020 3603 7940 email: Front cover Joyce DiDonato as Elena in Santa Fe Opera’s ‘La donna del lago’ (Photo: Ken Howard)

1381 Meteor showers

By the Editor 1382 People 416: Stuart Skelton

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

Hugh Canning 1388 Readers’ letters 1389 Twilight of the gods

Andrew Moravcsik asks where the big voices have gone 1398 Newsdesk 1403 Dionysian mysteries

John Shirley-Quirk talks to Jon Tolansky about his Britten roles 1409 Lotfi Mansouri, 1929-2013

Roger Pines 1411 Obituary 1413 Opera around the world 1463 Opera in Britain 1482 Opera on CD 1496 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1501 Opera books 1503 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Brisbane, Montreal, Tel Aviv; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1519 Classified advertisements 1520 Largo al factotum …

Paulina Dreesen

Opera, November 2013