Fulfilling Mozart

28 June 2006 3:39 pm

The Royal Opera has revived David McVicar’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro after only five months, but already with…

Masks of the Orient

28 June 2006 3:36 pm

Titus Andronicus is the Shakespeare shocker of the moment. At the Globe in London the groundlings have made Page Three…

Cartoon criminals

28 June 2006 3:28 pm

Coup! (BBC2, Friday) was quite a brave programme. It was the story of the failed mercenary coup in Equatorial Guinea,…

The usual suspects

21 June 2006 4:20 pm

The 238th Summer Exhibition holds no surprises

Vicious circle

21 June 2006 4:13 pm

Vicious circle

Language of the heart

14 June 2006 3:34 pm

John Constable (1776–1837) is the quintessential painter of rural England. If we carry in our hearts an image of unspoilt…

Popular appeal

14 June 2006 3:32 pm

Last time it was cows, this time it’s sheep. I’m not talking about an agricultural show, but about the London…

Sales hype

14 June 2006 3:29 pm

An ancient Roman sceptic wondered how, when two augurs passed in the street and caught one another’s eye, they managed…

Russian shenanigans

14 June 2006 3:26 pm

Opera Holland Park is suddenly fashionable, even people who have never been near it writing about how wonderful they hear…

Smoke signals

14 June 2006 3:21 pm

Thank You for Smoking is a satirical comedy about the culture of spin, adapted from Christopher Buckley’s 1994 novel of…

Courtly celebration

14 June 2006 2:58 pm

Homage to the Queen is one of two ballets that Frederick Ashton conceived with a special occasion in mind —the…

Trophy tales

14 June 2006 2:54 pm

The World Cup, and once again people who don’t watch football from one quadrennium to the next manifest an interest…

Orchestrated explosions

7 June 2006 6:08 pm

Orchestrated explosions

A bloodless horror

7 June 2006 6:04 pm

A bloodless horror

Pursuit of excellence

7 June 2006 5:59 pm

Pursuit of excellence

Marital mayhem

7 June 2006 5:53 pm

Marital mayhem

Beyond the fringe

31 May 2006 4:59 pm

Listing page content here Surrealism is in the air, what with the Hayward and Max Ernst shows (reviewed in these…

Birds and buoys

31 May 2006 4:57 pm

Listing page content here You learn something every day, so the saying goes, though these days it rarely happens in…

Uplifting thrills

31 May 2006 4:53 pm

Listing page content here Fidelio, Beethoven’s simple and sublime opera, presupposes a belief in a set of values and their…

Young triumphs

31 May 2006 4:50 pm

Listing page content here This column is in disgrace. Last month, with both the deadline and a flight to New…

Past tense

31 May 2006 4:47 pm

Listing page content here As I’m sure you are aware, United Airlines’ Flight 93 was the fourth plane hijacked on…

And the choir sings on

31 May 2006 4:40 pm

Listing page content here Killing time in Beverley Minster the other day I caught sight of the list of past…

First and last loves

31 May 2006 4:18 pm

Listing page content here In my first report (13 May) from the front line of the RSC’s Complete Works festival,…

Indestructible Janacek

25 May 2006 10:11 am

Listing page content here Janacek’s The Makropulos Case remains a bewildering work, as in fact almost all his operas after…

German gems

25 May 2006 10:09 am

Listing page content here It is hard to embrace Max Reger. For a start, he is surely the physically ugliest…