The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 1 - Hatched, Matched and Dispatched

Have you been paying attention this year? Can you name 2013’s winners and losers, its sports heroes and political zeroes? Twelve months is a long time in news, but if you think you know who’s who, and what’s what, pit your wits against Whitaker’s Almanack quiz

Katherine Jenkins performs at Epsom in June 2012

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‘Swan Lake’ at the Royal Opera House

Success of BBC’s move to Salford leads to calls for other leading cultural institutions to be relocated to cities in the north of England

New 'national economic strategy' could see institutions such as the British Museum and the Royal Opera House moved away from London and the South East

Centre stage: Tony Hall plans live broadcasts from the National Theatre

BBC to beef up its arts coverage

Live theatre and series on writers and painters are waiting in the wings – with some familiar old faces

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MPs tell Tony Hall to pay back £24,500 he received when he quit for Royal Opera House in 2001

Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais

Opera's double act: Kristine Opolais and Andris Nelsons

It's a family affair at the Proms. The Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, 33, will be conducted by her husband Andris Nelsons (both left) of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She will perform Desdemona's “Willow Song” and “Ave Maria” from Act 3 of Verdi's 1887 opera Otello and Tatyana's letter scene from Tchaikovsky's 1879 opera Eugene Onegin.

Simon Callow says he is fascinated by Wagner’s ‘monstrous personality’

Simon Callow gets inside the ‘anti-Semitic, psychotic’ head of Wagner for one-man show

The actor Simon Callow has promised to take audiences to a “dark, murky, unsettling place”, with a new one-man stage show that explores the composer Richard Wagner’s “toxic” and “disgusting” anti-Semitism.

Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.

Nelson Mandela is 'responding to treatment' after returning to hospital with lung infection

Invictus: Nelson Mandela's favourite poem set to music by opera star Pumeza Matshikiza

A poem which famously inspired Nelson Mandela during his decades of incarceration has been set to music by a rising opera star.

David Wall pictured in 1984

Ballet dancer David Wall dies of cancer aged 67

He was the Royal Ballet's youngest male principal at 21 and danced with Dame Margot Fonteyn

Spanish tenor Placido Domingo

Placido Domingo to receive ceremonial Freedom of the City of London

Spanish opera singer Placido Domingo is in the UK today to receive the ceremonial Freedom of the City of London.

'I won't take a pay-off': New BBC Director-General Tony Hall says he won't accept massive redundancy payment if he fails

Tony Hall, the new BBC Director-General, has pledged to end a culture of excessive redundancy payments for executives and promised that he will not accept a pay-off if he fails in the post.

Tate's Alex Beard gets top job at Royal Opera House

Deputy director of the Tate Alex Beard has been appointed to the top role at the Royal Opera House.

Opera: Written on Skin at The Royal Opera House

A heavenly tale that gets under the skin

Amanda Echalaz (right) and Kristine Opolais (left) take on the role of Tosca in turn at the Royal Opera House

Highly strung sopranos reach diva pitch

Do you have to be a diva to take on Tosca?

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