Cardboard Citizens: opera engages with the issue of homelessness. See page 37

Udo Zimmermann takes over at the Deutsche Oper Berl in. Preview of A~pen Festival + Grange Park + Fi rst opera on Denmark's Faroe islands + New Israeli Opera branches out

Audience participation Marseille Opera House is visited by one of the world 's most discern i ng audiences, ever eager to voice their opinion. Francis Carl in repo rts

King of the hill Tom Sutcliffe talks to Covent Garden's new Chief Executive, Michael Kaiser , whose steady hand is already making changes for the better

Opera designers Rosy Runciman visits the ociety of British Theatre Designers' major retrospective

Top of the tree? Anro nia CcJLiling tri es to get Roberto Alagna to revea l all , but doesn't quite manage to gl impse behind the mask

In the wings Opera Now meets opera people Director, Robert Carsen + Bass-ba ritone, David PittmanJennings + Countertenor, Artur Stefanowicz + Tenor, Barry Banks

Action Packed

Robert Hilfeny talks to composer Luciano Berio about his new opera or 'musical action', to be premiered at this year's Salzburg Festival

Turn of phrase Erica ]ea! ta lks to some eminent translators about the pros and cons of opera in English

Singers of the century John Steane discusses the fo rtu nes of the Soviet era's lead ing bass, Yevgeny Nesterenko

Homework 1arthew Peacock attend~ a day of workshops for an innovative community-based opera project in London

AII-American Kansas City Opera is tak ing a lead in developing regional opera in the USA reports Wes Blomster

Postcard from •.• Uzbekistan's capital ci ty, Tashkent, is the surprising location for enterprisi ng new operatic works. Peter Fal ush repo rts

Opera directors

Dclla Cou li ng talks to Glynclebourne's

director-in-residence, Graham Vick

Paul Brown 's costume designs for Purcell's King Arthur. See

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Regulars Editorial 5 Subscriptions 23 Live reviews 52

In recital 93 Audio reviews 96 Opera in view 103 Book reviews 104 Tom Sutcliffe 106

Letters 109 Scene and heard 110

Grand Finale 114

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