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Italian luxury notebook maker Moleskine has picked Canary Wharf and Covent Garden for its first standalone UK stores.

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Devil take the prima donnas!

David McVicar's Faust returns to Covent Garden - but this time not as a star vehicle

The Greek Passion, Royal Opera House, London

Heaven and earth show

Monsoon fashions menswear range

Monsoon, the womenswear retailer, is to launch its first menswear collection this autumn as it steps up its expansion programme.

It began when the lovelorn lady sang. 40 years on, the curtain falls on Tosca

It was production that became an operatic legend. From the ashes of her career, Maria Callas triumphed as Tosca in an opening-night performance that won 27 curtain calls and a 40-minute standing ovation. The show became The Mousetrap of opera, a staple of the Covent Garden programme and the oldest production in the regular repertoire of any company in the world.

Peter Grimes, Royal Opera House London

A chilling portrait of obsession

Ariadne auf Naxos, Royal Opera House, London

No grouse with this Strauss

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Do we need a motive for this sudden act of frenzy?

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The generously proportioned American opera singer Deborah Voigt has proved true to the most overused of show-business clichés.

Sentimental Murder by John Brewer

A crime of passion in fact and fiction

The Tempest, Royal Opera House, London

A triumph for Britain's brightest and best

William McAlpine

Tenor who never lost his lyrical quality
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