If you are after something sunny and funny to drive away the winter blues then look no further.
Opera North’s revival of Donizetti’s frothy and unfailingly tuneful romance is like a sun-drenched package tour to 1950S Italy.
Daniel Slater’s colourful and engaging production is as sharp as an Italian suit and aimed as much at fashionistas as music lovers - all Vogue frocks and Vespa scooters. You almost expect Sophia Loren to turn up riding pillion.
The appealing cast is international, too - Korean Jung Soo Yun as a puppyish lovelorn waiter, Romanian soprano Gabriela Istoc (correct) as the object of his affections and Australian Richard Burkhard as the purveyor of the love potion that brings them together.
A Swede, Tobias Ringborg, gets the best from the orchestra, and the hard-working chorus, rarely off stage, help make this a consistently excellent and at timers spectacular night at the opera.
* Philip Andrews