February 1993 Volume 44 No 2

Ediror Rodney Milnes Associate Ediror Max Loppert Assisrnnr Ediror John Allison Adminisrrarive Direcror Deidre Tilley Edirorial Board Alan Blyth Hugh Canning Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman E lizabeth Forbes Noel Goodwin Arthur Jacobs Charles Osborne Andrew Porter Desmond Shawe-Taylor John Warrack

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139 Dirty work at the crossroads by the Editor 140 A seriously magic 'Flute'

by Rodney Milnes 144 People 186: Hugues Gall by Andrew Clark 148 Readers' Letters 150 ew faces 3: Dennis Marks by Noel Goodwin 155 Opera Newsdesk 158 Joan Hammond at 80 by A lan Blyth 163 Obituary 165 Opera Around the World: reports from America, Austria, Belgium. Czech Republic, Dominican Republic. France. Germany, Italy, Sloveni a, Switzerland 85-198 COM! 1G EVE TS SUPPLEMENT

including plans fo r the UK houses, St Louis, Santa Fe, Seattle, Palermo, Rome, Venice: 'We hear that . . . ·; Opera calendar home and abroad 199 Opera books 221 British Opera Diary: 'Broucek' and

'Hansel and Gretel' at the Coliseum; ·Alcina· and 'Butterfly' at Covent Garden; English Touring Opera's 'Falstaff'; W O's 'Elektra'; 'Billy Budd' and Tchaikovsky in Leeds 241 Opera on the fringe 243 Opera at the colleges 245 Opera in concert 249 At the musical 251 Opera on disc 256 Classified advertisements

Fronr cover: Simon Keenlyside as Papageno in Scottish Opera·s new production of ·The Magic Flute· (photo: Bill Cooper)