April 2003 Volume 54 No 4

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Front cover: Deborah Voigt as Ca andre and Ben Heppner as Enee in 'Les Troyen 'at the Met (photo: Marty Sohl)

era Founded in 1950 by 1/ze Earl of Harewood

Pas1 Edi1ors Harold Rose111hal and Rodney Milnes

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By the Editor 394 Reader 'letter 398 La Monnaje-point of departure

Bernard Foccroulle taks Lo Hugh Canning 403 People 294: Barbara Frittoli

Brian Kellow 410 ew desk 412 Continuou renewal

Graham Vick in search of a Birmingham manifesto 418 Handmaid' diary

Paul Bentley 425 Opera around the world 463 Opera in Britain 478 Opera on CD 490 Opera on DVD 491 Opera book 494 Coming events including plan for the UK hou e , Houston,

ew )": rk ity Opera, Opera C mpany of Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington; 'We hear that ... '; Opera calendar home and abroad 511 Cla ifi d advertisements 512 My fir topera: 'Don Giovanni'

Nicholas Payne

Opera, April 2003