Assuming the World Darts Championships haven't put you off fat blokes with dodgy haircuts for life, it's time to think about opera again.
Another round of Royal Opera House booking opens soon (13 January for Friends; 1 February for mortals) in the quarterly ritual that pits some of the world's finest voices against a crop of charmless revivals and foolhardy experiments.
First up is Aida, opening on 11 March. Probably Glasgow's finest living opera director David McVicar scored a rare miss with this 2010 effort, back for a swift revival. Micaela Carosi again attempts the title role. Roberto Alagna as Radames, Olga Borodina as Amneris and Michael Volle as Amonasro promise improvement elsewhere, though with most parts double or triple cast make sure you book on the right night to catch them. The conducting of Fabio Luisi is another good reason to give this elephant-free zone a try.
Jürgen Flimm's dull Fidelio returns on 29 March with Kirill Petrenko commanding the pit. Nina Stemme should make a superb Leonore. Endrik Wottrich returns as Florestan, Kurt Rydl is Rocco and Willard White is Don Fernando. Bear in mind when booking that a lot of the action in this production takes place at the sides, so restricted view seats will live up to their name.
A new production of The Tsar's Bride by Paul Curran debuts on 14 April. An excellent cast includes the fabulous Marina Poplavskaya, Johan Reuter, Ekaterina Gubanova, Dmitry Popov, Paata Burchuladze and Jurgita Adamonyte, and Mark Elder conducts.
Jonas Kaufmann was a welcome distraction from Benoît Jacquot's tired old production of Werther on its loan to the Paris Opera last year. But who knows who will fill the title role when it opens at Covent Garden on 5 May? Rolando Villazón is scheduled. Many expect him to cancel, but based on his recent form I think there's still a chance he may try it. Otherwise it's up in the air, though it's not realistic to hope for Kaufmann. Pappano conducts and Sophie Koch is Charlotte, with Eri Nakamura as Sophie.
On paper, Simon Keenlyside looks like the main attraction in the revival of Phyllida Lloyd's Macbeth which opens on 24 May. But watch out for Liudmyla Monastyrska as Lady Macbeth, Dimitri Pittas as Macduff and Raymond Aceto as Banquo too. Pappano conducts - another reason to catch the show.
Liudmyla Monastyrska sings Santuzza's Voi lo sapete from Cavalleria Rusticana: