In an era of fake reporting, the unlikely medium of opera offers a way to try to tell historical truth

Private festivals avoid the absurd interpretations of classic operas that shame the subsidised sector

The referendum result poses risks — but also a chance to break the dependency culture of the arts

Peter Gelb cannot fill New York’s opera house. Can it be saved from terminal decline?

After fifty years as a music critic, I finally made it to La Scala. What was I missing? Everything

When it comes to summer festival opera, Britain tends to get it right

‘Glyndebourne – which can feel like travelling a very long way just for a picnic – is often filled for the second act by people taking themost expensive nap it is possible to take’

Standing at the apex of our culture, the operatic art form remains the supreme test of any composer — as I know from experience

As he turns 80 this summer, this remarkable polymath deserves to be fêted as a populariser of science and pioneer in the arts

The British composer’s music fits into no convenient category. That is what makes it so brilliant