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Donizetti's comedy returns to Covent Garden in a production packed with visual humour as well as musical hi-jinks, and with a great comedic guest star
The dazzling Firebird, resourceful Figaro and memories of Fonteyn head up two months of top performances. Booking opens 9AM, Wed 3 April
Thrilling world premiere after 180 years of a tragic opera by Donizetti
In the Know
The international opera star talks about singing in secret, her breakthrough as an understudy, and a world premiere, 180 years on
Tried and Tested
A highly theatrical treatment of a searing opera pulls no punches in Katie Mitchell's hard-hitting production, with eight performances in store
Things To Do
Reach for your skinny black dress and pour an Aperol spritz: there is a distinctly Italian feel to the first productions of the season at the Royal Opera House
A delectable and worldly-wise romp through sexual politics comes with a string of high-wire arias and witty ensemble numbers
The Italy of Donizetti and Laurent Pelly is a carefree world of lovers, their muses and their ruses
Things to do
Glyndebourne unveils its productions for 2017, including a new opera by Brett Dean, a neglected work by Cavalli, plus Mozart, Verdi and much more
The English Touring Opera present one of Donizetti's little-known gems, based on an episode from Dante
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Booking is now open for the Royal Opera's winningly fresh Spring 2016. Here is our essential guide to the best shows
Katie Mitchell directs a new production of Donizetti's great tragedy, starring two great bel canto sopranos