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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

Groucho’s Dinner with T. S. Eliot

Comedy meets tragedy over roast beef in London

The Populist and His Flock

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

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

Deep-Sea V.R.-ing

A Symphony For Our Time

Conceived by the conductor Marin Alsop with the imprimatur of Carnegie Hall, “Global Ode to Joy” collects clips by concert royalty around the world

Huniford At Home

A new book collects the interiors of James Huniford, ranging from Connecticut barns to his own Tribeca loft

A Family Affair

Mean Streets

A documentary takes to the streets of Venezuela to chronicle the day-to-day life of a nation in crisis

Frost, Nixon, et al.

In his son’s new podcast, David Frost, who interviewed Gloria Steinem, Robert Kennedy, and, famously, Richard Nixon, reflects on the art of the interview

Color Her World

Exhibitions in Oxfordshire and New York capture Cecily Brown, the British painter of bold, energetic works, at her finest

Coronavirus Warning

Polar Express

Art House

As director of Newlands House, a quiet British-countryside gallery, the former Phillips auctioneer organizes an exhibition of works by Ron Arad

Come Together

In lieu of an American tour, 21-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason records Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals at Abbey Road alongside his musical siblings

Hats Off!

This month, exhibitions on designers Philip Treacy and Halston pay extravagant tribute to headwear

Open Studio

Contemporary artists offer accessible, at-home art projects in a new book, out now

Man of Letters

Danny DeVito, Edward Norton, and others pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen, whose new 12-track album, Letter to You, is out now