Robert Thicknesse

Robert Thicknesse is the Critic's opera critic

Opera begs leave to celebrate lunacy in a different way

It’s an amazing paradox that something as tawdry as opera can produce such a pure expression of what it is to be human

Here, at last, is a mind-expanding podcast that is the antidote to everything the wretched Arts Council stands for

Unsurprisingly, the most brilliant of all English music-theatre pieces are mostly overlooked

This update of a classic from the Royal Opera House is a reminder of why messing with great pieces is so risky

As we career merrily ever deeper into the end-times, what is the appropriate soundtrack for civilisational collapse?

A new Austrian musical taps dark material to produce a brilliant, unsettling and darkly funny exploration of the Anschluss

On opera’s flirtation with current affairs