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In 1994, Glyndebourne celebrated its 60th anniversary and received a unanimous chorus of approval for both its new pounds 33m building and an opera-house-warming production of Eugene Onegin by Graham Vick. A few weeks into the season, a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni opened, by radical theatre director Deborah Warner. Within Glyndebourne's new surroundings, old reactions died hard: on the first night, it was booed from the boxes, but cheered from the cheap seats. The press picked up on it as a cause celebre in the debate about the democratisation of opera.

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THE AMERICAN basso cantante Edward Russell (formerly known as Edward R. White) was at the time of his death enjoying a successful career in the opera houses of the United States, and had also sung in Europe. His roles were steadily becoming more and more important, while his huge stature - he was 6ft 6in tall - and large, beautiful and resonant voice secured him a notable triumph as Hagen in Gotterdammerung, although his own sweet and gentle disposition was the exact opposite to that of the black-hearted Hagen.

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EDUARDO ASQUEZ had a short career as an operatic tenor, but he became far better known, and will certainly be remembered, as an inspired singing teacher. During nearly four decades, he taught two generations of British singers, as well as many from other European countries, the Commonwealth and the United States.

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APRIL FITZLYON was a scholar, a biographer, a remarkable translator and an intellectual of wide culture, which included a deep interest in Russia, its literature, history and well-being, and a passion for music.

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Bastien & Bastienne

The appropriation of Mozart's very early operas has been a healthy trend already this year, with stagings for Lucia Silla and Apollo et Hyacinthus. BAC'S new production of the singspiel Bastien and Bastienne (above), composed when Mozart was only 12, should follow suit. The piece was commissioned by none other than Franz Anton Mesmer, as part of an entertainment for his circle of enlightened intimates. Further Enlightenment comes from the fact that the libretto is an adaptation of one, by philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Plus, uncannily, the theme of the little Overture is identical to that of the first movement of Beethoven's Eroica. Award- winning director Maggie Forsyth produces the piece as the culmination of an intensive four-day "open process', working with the cast of three, and with a "unique twist" promised as well
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