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

Manhattan’s cultural landscape faces more tough times ahead with the cancellation of the Met’s 2020/2021 season

Rishi’s £1.57 Billion handout to the arts sector is the last good news it’ll ever hear, says Robert Thicknesse

The critic, like a used-up traveller in ladies’ corsetry in a Fifties film, is enjoying a happy furlough

For three days I listened to nothing but birdsong, marvelling at the variety and the volume

It’s the perfect medium for the End Times, unequalled in its devotion to doom

How we underestimate the women in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

Grand opera was long thought quite dead but is suddenly rearing its shaggy head again