December 2015 Volume 66 No 12 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Martin Bernheimer Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Rodney Milnes (Chairman) Roger Parker Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893 Fax: 020 8563 8635 email: Website: operamagazine @operamagazine Subscriptions Esco, T rinity 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 Hans Heiling at the Theater an der Wien, with Angela Denoke and Michael Nagy (see pp. 1554-5) (photo: Herwig Prammer)

1517 Total eclipse

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal and Rodney Milnes

By the Editor 1518 People 437: Damiano Michieletto Max Loppert 1526 Readers’ letters 1531 The boat that sank

Albert Ehrnrooth on the Sib elius opera that got away 1538 Newsdesk 1546 Worlds apart?

David Hunter links the slave trade, Handel and opera in 18th-century London 1550 Obituaries 1552 Opera around the world 1582 Opera in Britain 1605 Opera on CD 1619 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1622 Opera books 1627 Coming events including plans for the UK houses, Brisbane, Rome; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1639 Classified advertisements 1640 My opera city …

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Opera, December 2015