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.