January 1994 Volume 45 No 1

Edi1or Rodney Mi lnes Associa1e Edi1or Max Loppert Assis1m11 Edi1or John A ll ison Adminis1ra1ive Direc/Or Deidre Tilley Edi1orial Board A la n Blyth Hugh Canning Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman Elizabeth Forbes Noel Goodwin Arthur Jacobs Charles Osborne Andrew Porter Desmond Shawe-Taylor John Warrack

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From cO\·er: Rebecca Evans in the tit le role of ·Cenclrillon· fo r Welsh National Opera (photo: Clive Barda)

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Alan Bly th 24 Readers· Letters 25 ew light on Verdi William Weaver 28 Opera Newsdesk 30 Polishing the past A lan Bly 1h 38 Wexford 1993 John A llison 43 Lucia Popp. 1939-93 A lan Bly1h 45 Obituary 47 Opera Around the World: reports from America. Australia. Aust ri a. Canada. Czech Republi c. Denmark. G rmany. Israe l. Italy. Norway 57-72 COM ING EVENTS SUPPLEMENT

including plans for the UK houses. Brisbane. Genoa. Reggio Emilia. Trieste. Festivals: 'We hear that . . .": Opera calendar home and abroad 95 British Opera Diary: Scottish Opera·s

·Salome· and ·Katya Kabanova·: ·Oneoin· and 'Die ZauberAote· b at Covent Garden: W ro·s 'Cenerentola': 'Baa-Baa Black Sheep' and ·l] re pastore· in Leeds: ·Lohengrin· a t the Coliseum 112 Opera on the fringe I J 4 Opera at the colleges 115 Opera in concert 117 At the musical 11 9 Opera on disc 124 Opera books 128 Classified advertisements