the Met

Spare a thought for the boys in blue

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Described by the publisher as a ‘moving and personal account of what it is to be a police officer today’,…

Lost soul: a rare portrait of Diane Arbus, taken in New York in 1968

Diane Arbus: a life of incest, orgies and pursuing the extremes

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Armed with their tiny Leicas and Nikons, most of the great postwar ‘street’ photographers liked to be unobtrusive; they wanted…

The Winter Palace, St Petersburg, 1840, by Ferdinand Victor Perrot (Pushkin Museum)

The man who knows all the Hermitage's secrets - and he's keeping them

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The front cover of this book describes the Hermitage as ‘the Greatest Museum in the World’. That sobriquet must go…

Dialogues des Carmélites brings out the best in Poulenc – and the Royal Opera House

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites is an audacious work, much more so than many others that advertise their audacity. It deals…

Simon Keenlyside and John Tomlinson in ‘Wozzeck’

Keith Warner's Wozzeck doesn't make me as angry as it used to

9 November 2013 9:00 am

When Keith Warner’s production of Berg’s Wozzeck was first produced at the Royal Opera, nine years ago, it made me…