Robert Thicknesse

Spare us the social justice preaching

Politics and historical commentary aside, Lohengrin is currently on at Covent Garden

Lent is an ideal time to take pleasure in a gentle, contemplative and very English strand of musical melancholia

Ignoring Russian opera — and, in particular, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov — is a mistake

‘Peter Grimes’ labours under the weight of national anxieties

The brilliant story of a Francis Bacon exhibition in Moscow

Carmen still shocks and seduces

With productions this bad, it is no surprise that nobody cares about opera

Could the jazz-hands pizzaz of musical theatre be just what opera needs?

We promise to respect Her Majesty’s life tenancy of Buckingham Palace