I adore Mariame Clément - she has worked with us at the Royal Opera House, and I am always swept away by her colourful and hilarious productions, often done in collaboration with Designer Julia Hansen. At Glyndebourne this summer, is the revival of her Don Pasquale, inspired by Les liaisons dangereuses, which is set in the opera’s original 18th-century milieu, echoing the elegance of Donizetti’s music. I attended the final dress rehearsal, which was a beautifully relaxed affair, not requiring black tie dress as per the usual performances. The opera features Renato Girolami as Don Pasquale, Lisette Oropesa as Norina, Andrey Zhilikhovsky as Dr Malatesta and Andrew Stenson as Ernesto. I'm really looking forward to hearing Lisette singing Lucia at the Royal Opera House next season - and if the audience reaction in Glyndebourne is anything to go by, we have a Cuban/American star on the ascent.