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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

The man who made Wagner mad

The Royal Opera House is staging Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable for the first time in a century. It's a welcome focus on a much maligned composer

Der Ring des Nibelungen: Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, Royal Opera

Now that Keith Warner’s "Ring" has been re-launched in its entirety, we can judge it afresh. Like the first two "days" (reviewed last week) the second two contain much to enjoy, if also some disappointments, plus some technical hitches which should have been sorted out in dress rehearsal - notably the stuffed stag with its antlers caught on the overhanging 'sky', thus sabotaging Siegfried’s loveliest aria.

Independent podcast: Susan Bullock

When Susan Bullock delivers the traditional rendition of Rule, Britannia! at this year's Last Night of the Proms it will come as a ringing endorsement of her continuing pre-eminence as Britain's leading dramatic soprano.

Homage to Fokine, Royal Opera House, London

In the early years of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Mikhail Fokine's ballets offered European audiences intoxicating visions, from grounded Russian folk tales to wild eastern dreams. In this celebration, the Mariinsky Ballet dance three of his most famous works.

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Les Patineurs, Royal Opera House, London

Snow is falling, this time on stage. Frederick Ashton's ballet Les Patineurs shows skaters at play, showing off or slipping on the ice. When the snow starts to fall, they react as people do react: they look up, reach out to touch it, rush into a new round of activity, a whirl of movement.

Faeries, Royal Opera House, London

In Will Tuckett's family show, the faeries are the puppets of Blind Summit Theatre, with delicate wild faces and slender or cuddly limbs. When they were carried through the foyer afterwards, children came crowding up to watch.

Sylvia, Royal Opera House, London

Frederick Ashton's Sylvia is a frilly mythological ballet with a delightful Delibes score and a cast including everything from gods to ceremonial goats. The Royal Ballet's production is a sumptuous recreation of the 1952 original, but needs more authority behind the trimmings.