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Ediror Associa re Ediror Edirorial Board

HAROLD ROSENTHAL Alan Blyth Elizabe th Forbes, Arthur Jacobs, Willi am Mann, Rodney Milnes, Charl es Osborne, Andrew Porter. Desmond Shawe-Taylor, John Warrack

Personal Assisranr ro the Ediror Caroline Hill Edirorial Offices : 6 Woodland Rise, London NJO 3UH

Contents In the News Opera on the Gramophone: 35

'Manon' - Part I by Alan Bly th The 1973 Wexford Festival by Rodney Milnes Storace's 'Gli Equivoci' by Roger Fiske Our Critics Abroad: Reports from America, Austria, Germany, Italy

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COMING EVE TS - SUPPLEMENT including plans for Sadler's Wells Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera; Aix. Munich, Salzburg and Vienna

Festivals; 'We hear that. ... '; Opera Ca lendar

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Gramophone Record s

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Book Reviews

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Readers' Letters

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London Opera Diary, including revi ews of 'Mary Stuart' at the Coliseum and 'La Forza de! Destino' at Covent Garden 160 In Scotland 167 Kent Opera 169 Student Performances 170 Obituary 174

Front cover: Janet Baker as Mary Stuart and Pauline Tin ley a Queen Elizabeth in Donizetti's opera at the London Coliseum

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