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Oedipus In the END production reviewed

by Peter Conrad (right); festivals

throughout the world (below)

6 Conduct unbecoming Was Furtwangler aN azi pawn? Why did von Karajari

keep joining the Nazi party? Giles MacDonogh sheds new light 12 The sea, the sea Tim Clarke watches the waves break on Hildegard Bechtler's

designs for ENO's new Peter Grimes 16 Darling, you were super Who are the people who dress up as the bear in Giustino

or the hairdresser in Manon? They're not singers; nor are they precisely actors 20 Elisabethan era Michaeljohn White meets Elisabeth Soderstrom, now moving

from singing to the artistic direction ofDrottningholm

24 From stage to stage Nuria Espert started off as an actress

before moving to theatre design. Now, says Helena Matheopoulos, she is directing Carmen at Covent Garden this spring 30 Schoolboy flush You can tell when you're getting old: Don

Giovanni starts looking younger. David Nice went to Fiesole, where he was older than most of the cast 33 Reviewofreviewsjonathan Wade's Houston Passion 34 Peter Conrad The first of a new series of in-depth reviews.

This month, hit and miss at ENO 46 Learning by note Weekends (or longer) to learn about opera 50 Opera Now Club Lie back and

think of England (Btixton, Peter Grimes, Leeds) 52 Birthday profile

Margaret Price at 50 54 Festive season This year 's opera festivals- and a few of next year's throughout the world 63 The girl, the king, his wife and her lover

Anna Bolena opens in Madrid 69 Young Lohengrln Is come out of the West

Robert Wilson appeared in Zurich to direct Lohengrin. And what, asks John O 'Mahony, happened next? 72 Lisbon ... and the earth moved J orge Calado on

this month's Great Opera City 80 Box Office What's booking now (and soon) 96 How I discovered opera Norma Major, and the claims of her new job

REGULARS 4 World of Opera •. , 36 Reviews ... 79 Listings, UK and

International ... 94 Letters

CONTRIBUTORS GILES MACDONOGH is an historian, and a wine and food journalist for The Financial Times ... TIM CLARK.E is a freelance writer .. . DAVID NICE is a freelance writer and broadcaster ... MICHAEL)OHN WHITE is chief music critic of The Independent on Sunday .. . HELENA MATHEOPOULOS is the author of Maestro, Bravo and Diva the latter to be published by Gollancz in October ... ANNE INGLIS is a freelance writer specializing in travel.. . JOHN O 'MAHONY is a free lance writer . .. JORGE CALADO is the cultural critic of Expresso, the weekly Lisbon newspaper . . . PAUL R.ICHARDSON is assistant features editor of the London Evening Standard.