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A Classicist at Heart Whatever it might mean for him to “play the race card,” the tenor Russell Thomas isn’t having any

Opera Pick of the Week From San Francisco Opera, a bold new reading of Beethoven’s soul-stirring political thriller Fidelio

October 8, 2021

Inside the Buena Vista Social Club Twenty-five years after producing the album that became a global sensation, Ry Cooder reveals how fame’s “double-edged sword” affected the group

Opera Pick of the Week Double déjà vu all over again: Il Trovatore, Verdi’s warhorse in excelsis, live from Los Angeles, with dueling heroes and two modern-day knights

October 1, 2021

In Her Own Time Bob Dylan said Karen Dalton had “a voice like Billie Holiday.” A new film looks at the enigmatic singer’s enormous influence

Françoise Gilot Is So Over Picasso After she left him, Picasso tried to get Françoise Gilot blacklisted. Today, Gilot, who turns 100 this fall, is breaking auction records

A Spy Like No Other A new film tells the unlikely story of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Indian pacifist turned Allied spy

Little Gold Men, Big White Guilt L.A.’s new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has little to say about movie history—but speaks volumes about Hollywood and our times

Elizabeth Neel With a new show at Pilar Corrias, in London, Alice Neel’s granddaughter forges a path of her own

Opera Pick of the Week As the Metropolitan Opera returns to live performance, an easy fix for fans hooked on the company’s once-complimentary nightly streams

September 24, 2021

Art Basel is Back! The 50th edition of the famed art fair features work by artists as varied as Camille Pissarro and Kara Walker

September 21, 2021

Rumbled in the Jungle The 1974 championship bout between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, in Zaire, forever changed the lives of both fighters—and the writers who covered it

Opera Pick of the Week More Verdi from Muti’s La Scala: the Spanish tragedy Il Trovatore

September 17, 2021

Phillipa Soo She originated the role of Eliza Hamilton in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit. Now the American actress is branching out

Curtain Up on a New Era The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s incoming music director, Enrique Mazzola, strives for golden-age excellence—and a new populism

Opera Pick of the Week From La Scala, a timeless account of Verdi’s Un Ballo In Maschera led by Riccardo Muti, his supreme living interpreter

September 10, 2021

Paging Picasso! A new book traces the painter’s life—Paris, women, wars, and all