Royal Opera House

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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?

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Il Trovatore, Royal Opera House, review

What struck contemporary audiences as powerful and new – a supposed witch burnt at the stake, an abducted baby, a mother burning the wrong baby, an amorous rival killing his brother without realising his identity against the backdrop of civil war – is to us all but risible, were it not for Verdi’s melodic genius.

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

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