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April 1991 Volume 42 No 4

Rodney Milne

Max Loppert

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Jewels in a setting by Rodney Milnes

In the News

Negotiating the reissue minefield by Alan Bly1h

Readers· Letters

A British invasion by Rodney Milnes


Our Critics Abroad: reports from America, Austria,

France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands


including plans for WNO's new season, Covent Garden , ENO, Scottish Opera, Chicago , Los Angeles, Melbourne,

Canadian Opera Company; Festivals; ·we hear that ... ·

Book Reviews

British Opera Diary, with reviews of 'Fidelio' and 'The Cunning Little Vixen' in Glasgow; ENO's 'Turn of the Screw', 'Rusalka' and ·Butterfly'; 'Gbtterdammerung' and 'Samson et Dalila' at Covent Garden ; W O's 'Count Ory';

Opera Factory's 'Figaro'

Student Performances

In Concert Record Reviews Classified Advertisements

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Front cover: Pamela Helen Stephen, Jenn ifer Rhys-Davies and Mary Hegarty in 'The Jewel Box· in Leeds (photo:

Richard H. Smith)