The Critics

Opera has treated the subject of cancelling the pleasures of others in some depth

New music was not officially muted in the Soviet Union. It just got left at home, says Norman Lebrecht

I struggle to think of a more glorious spectacle than the sight of Sean flashing that winning smile

The Old Vic shows the way

A new series shows Britain sliding into authoritarianism. Sound familiar?

Tate Modern gets itself in a terrible tangle over a cancelled show

It took me a while but now I really appreciate Amy Winehouse

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