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Così fan tutte, Royal Opera House, review

Impressed by his Flying Dutchman in Bayreuth, Kasper Holten invited the young German director Jan Philipp Gloger to Covent Garden and was surprised he chose Così fan tutte, the last of Mozart’s great collaborations with Da Ponte, his problematic tale of fiancé swapping in disguise. Is it worldly-wise social comedy or an altogether crueller assessment of human relations?

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.

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