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Heart On His Sleeve

Following a new Otello that streamed to thousands, the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s Alexander Pereira on directing opera mid-pandemic

Christmas Scamp

Martin Jarvis records Richmal Crompton’s “Just William” stories as the young hero makes a mockery of holiday merriment

Good Pluck

The Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital is gaining world recognition for his delightful mastering of the string instrument

French Leave

Nearly ten years ago Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of rape but managed to avoid jail. A new documentary recounts the incident and its aftermath

Home for the Holidays

Art, ballet, operas, carols: a cultural guide to a holiday season spent socially distanced and (mostly) at home

The Populist and His Flock

The rise and fall of Father Coughlin, the Depression-era version of the departing president

Groucho’s Dinner with T. S. Eliot

Comedy meets tragedy over roast beef in London

In Love and Song

In Vienna, a new exhibition showcases the lives of Jan Kiepura and Marta Eggerth, husband-and-wife stars of opera and operetta on both sides of the Atlantic

The Mice Will Play

The crawling creatures of The Nutcracker, much loved by the choreographer George Balanchine, make their annual appearance this holiday season