December 2021 Volume 72 No. 12 Editor John Allison Deputy Editors Erica Jeal Henrietta Bredin Commercial Director Megan Jackson Editorial Board Hugh Canning Rupert Christiansen Andrew Clark Andrew Clements Richard Fairman George Hall Fiona Maddocks Roger Parker Editorial Offices 36 Black Lion Lane London W6 9BE Telephone: 020 8563 8893

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Opera, December 2021

Founded in 1950 by the Earl of Harewood

Past Editors Harold Rosenthal

and Rodney Milnes

1469 Baton charge

By the Editor 1470 Newsdesk 1474 Bernard Haitink, 1929-2021

Thomas Allen, Felicity Lott and Richard Fairman 1479 People 501: Kate Lindsey

Jessica Duchen 1485 Giving his all to music

George Shirley talks to Roger Pines as he looks back on his trailblazing career 1491 Readers’ letters 1493 Bottesini at the opera

The double bassist Leon Bosch celebrates Giovanni Bottesini’s bicentenary 1498 Mystique of the lost

David Chandler on how ‘Thespis’, Britain’s most famous lost opera, has grown old 1502 Obituaries 1508 Opera around the world 1549 Opera in the UK 1575 Opera on CD 1586 Opera on DVD and Blu-ray 1590 Opera books 1596 Coming events

including plans for the UK houses, Melbourne, Sydney; ‘We hear that …’; Opera calendar home and abroad 1607 Classified advertisements 1608 For the record

Carlo Rizzi