The Critics

Covent Garden’s first post-lockdown offering is in a long, grim tradition

Music directors who fail to provide any direction in times of crisis

One cannot imagine how profound Ms Winslet’s pain must be to now regret working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski

Adam LeBor delves into The Bureau, the utterly absorbing French spy thriller series

Christopher Silvester on the essential, and undervalued, part editors play in film and documentary creation

Anne McElvoy on writers and players who can transfer skills to the small screen from the big stage

A good Bond song should include swooning strings, stabbing horns and a chorus the size of the moon, explains Sarah Ditum

Works by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Rodin, Rothko and Mondrian have all been vandalised for reasons of mental instability or political activism or both, informs Michael Prodger

Opera was the tinder of Renaissance Venice, says Robert Thicknesse

Wagner’s sexual ambiguity spoke to Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley and Thomas Mann, says Norman Lebrecht