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Sir Antonio Pappano has been the longest serving music director in the history of the Royal Opera House and one of its most popular. As he prepares to return to the Covent Garden podium after 18 months of pandemic-enforced absence, he looks forward to some new and exciting musical challenges in the season ahead.

Plus, how Rossini did his bit for Greek Independence; celebrating the phenomenal soprano Birgit Nilsson with a series of events streamed live from the Swedish diva’s birthplace; ENO’s new boss Annilese Miskimmon sets out her post-pandemic vision for the company; Buxton International Festival gives the first professional production of Malcolm Arnold’s 1950s comic opera, The Dancing Master; English Touring Opera’s online season features a poignant take on one of opera’s most ancient tales; why opera costs so much to stage; and can opera be environmentally friendly?

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