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

On opera’s flirtation with current affairs

We should resist the cultural reductionism of the modern “creative industries”

Why opera needs fictional dead women

Dependent on state subsidies, artistically ossified and only a few go to see it

On triggering opera and Arts Council England

Das Rheingold, Royal Opera House

Tosca, Grand Opera House, Belfast

A colourful glimpse into a dramatic feast of sex and death

Mariame Clément’s new production of Don Giovanni falls prey to modern mores.