Founded by the Earl of Harewood Editor 1953-86 Harold Rosenthal, OBE

March 1988 Vol 39 No 3


Max Loppert Associate Editor

A lan Blyth, Elizabeth Forbes, Arthu r Jacobs, Editorial Board William Mann, Charles Osborne, Andrew Porter,

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, John Warrack

Noel Goodwin Overseas

News Editor

Deidre Tilley Personal Assistant to the Editor la Moun/grove Road, London N5 2LU Editorial Offices

Scrutiny required by the Editor 269

Studying with Garden and Ponselle by Beverly Sills 270

Readers' Letters 275

Bernst ei n: a life full of firsts by Robert Henderson 279

Book Reviews 282

In the ews 287

Knappertsbusch: the recorded legacy by Paul Dawson-Bowling 289

Obituary 299

Our Critics Abroad: reports from Germany, America, Argentina, Australia, Belgium , France, Hungary, Israel, Ital y, Netherlands,

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including plans for ENO, Covent Garden, Kent Opera, Opera

North , W 0 , Chicago, Rio di Janeiro; Festiva ls 1988;

'We hear that .. . '

Record R ev ie ws

313-326 327

British Opera Diary, including reviews of 'Macbeth', Rebecca' and

'The Merry Widow' in Leeds; 'L'italiana in Algeri' and 'Parsifal' at Covent Garden; 'Rosenkavalier' a nd 'Han se l and Gretel' at the Coliseum; Scottish Opera's 'Pearl Fishers'; and London Sinfonietta on the South Bank Fringe performances

In Concert At the Musical On Television

On Radio

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Front cover: Waltraud leier as Kundry in the new production of

'Parsifal' at Covent Garden (photo: obby Clark)