Ernest Bloch 's Macbeth, performed at this year 's Klangbogen Wien Festival. See page 35

6 News & comment • Berlin opera house merger update • e\\' opera house for Tenerife

12 People in the wings Opera Now meets oper a people

• Alexa ndm von der Weth • Christop he l~ousset

10 The Opera Now interview: Gerald Finley tell s l"ra ncis Ca rlin how to get. in vo lvecl

26 Postcard from Gothenburg lngrid Gaf\ erttak es us on a tour or S\\ eden·s west-coast city

32 Grand designs

Rosy Runcim an reports back on the architectura l fea ts on show at th e lntemalional Theatres Exhibition in Prague

40 Who's hot?

selec ti on of Opera 1ow·s \\Titers highlightta lenL worth watcl1ing, from last seaso n' produ ctions

44 Aria John Stea ne compares recordings of Rosina·s co lo urf1rl aria ·una\ oce poco fa· from Rossini 's Barbiere di i riglia

48 Repertoire guide Roder ic Dunnett assesses th e merits of Jaromir' Weinberger ·s opera. Schwanda th e Bagpiper

Festival Enterprise boxes National Opera reports Including competi- Studio 40 16 Ul\ tions and artist Novo Arts Inc. 30 promoters Rose Bruford 28 Scandinavia College 44 35 A ustri a B1rkbeck College 27 Roya l Scottish International 5 I Germany Vocalisten Concours Academy of Music

5 7 USA

87 ltal)

94 (;I'Cecc &




Irish Vocal

and Drama 41

Trinity College

London 43

Masterclasses 67 International Opera

Studio Zurich 39

Ange/a Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna in Den Jyske Opera 's production of La boheme at Aarhus. See page 28

Regulars Editorial 4 Subscriptions 15 Live reviews 96 Young artist reviews 102

In concert 105

In recital 107

Opera in view 115 Book reviews 117 Webwatch 121

Letters 122 Dear Louise 124 Centre-stage 126

CD reviews 111

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