Recently signed baritone Nicholas Merryweather takes the role of Atlante in a rare production of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 opera Orlando Generoso with performances at The Barber Institute, Birmingham from September 27. Fast forwarding 300 years, he joins English Touring Opera as Blazes in Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Lighthouse (1980) at The Linbury Studio, Covent Garden from October 11 then on tour  – details 

Please support the Facing Africa Auction on October 1 at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, WC2 with an online auction ending October 14.

All generously donated by the artists, the lots range from an illustration from ‘The Scary Monster’  by  Axel Scheffler of The Gruffalo fame  to a print of Bruce Weber’s iconic portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe  and Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographic print  of  Jill Chapman and Ken Moody  taken in 1983 for Italian Vogue.  For sports memorabilia enthusiasts there is a boxing glove signed by the Team GB Olympic Boxing Squad.

Facing Africa raises funds to assemble teams of top facial reconstruction surgeons who travel to Africa to rebuild the pitifully disfigured faces of children suffering from the Noma disease. The Noma infection mainly takes hold in those under the age of six caught in extreme poverty and who suffer from chronic malnutrition. It is particularly prevalent in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Harry’s Fehr’s Scottish Opera – Edinburgh Festival  production of  The Lady from the Sea by Craig Armstrong has won a Bank of Scotland Herald Angel Award.