Vocal Heroes

Tenor: History of a Voice by John Potter

Mesmeric Modulations

Two 19th-century novels reveal contrasting attitudes to music and its place in Jewish culture

Love in the Time of Cholera

Death in Venice poses many questions, among them: moustache or no moustache?

Magical Mystery Tour de Force

A British production of a Japanese work, Shun-kin is a near-perfect triumph

Park City, Utah: Movie that Pulls Aside the Veil

A new documentary made in Afghanistan has won two awards at the the Sundance Film Festival. Afghan Star could help the cause of feminism there and encourage a desperately-needed sense of national community

Annie v. Elvis

When celebrities get involved in politics, they should look to Elvis rather than Annie Lennox

Enough to Make You Spit

A common cold or the flu can spell disaster for a professional singer

Timing is Everything

Music grapples with time and transcends philosophy

More Popular than Jesus: The Hubris of the Music Industry

The tenor Ian Bostridge and the historian Tim Blanning discuss popular and classical music with Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"