Giorgio Armani is the not a designer most people would associate with theatrical costumes. It is usually the Vivienne Westwoods and the Jean Paul Gaultiers of the fashion world who are asked to let their imaginations run riot and design costumes f or theatre. But Armani has just designed his first costumes for an opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, in collaboration with Jonathan Miller for the new production by the Royal Opera.

In true Armani style, however, there is not an unnecessary frill in sight, and the clothes and set are elegantly contemporary. The production opens at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden next Wednesday and transfers to Rome in February.