Opera

Sex, death, sado-masochism and blasphemy in a heady cocktail

Click-hungry editors should stop enabling philistinism

As dramatic opera, The Passenger inhabits a grey zone of guard–prisoner relations

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

Study of the Western canon is often reduced to a politicised debate: power and patronage versus individual genius. The truth is far more complex

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