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From Bach to Bergman and Back Again

Step-Mama’s Boy

Verdi’s season-opening Don Carlo from the Teatro San Carlo, Naples

A Different Kind of Holiday

How to enjoy Christmas alone in the big city

Fighting Spirit

For World Opera Day, seven companies join forces to showcase Ukraine’s Golden Crown

Suzanne Vega Is Watching You

The singer-songwriter performs her folk-pop hits at City Winery in Greenwich Village

Fetch Me Her Slippers

From Frankfurt, Rimsky-Korsakov’s shaggy-dog Christmas Eve, a tranche of tsarist holiday cheer that resembles Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker not at all

Borodino or Bust

Sergei Bondarchuk’s monumental 60s film series, War and Peace, is as relevant than ever

Picture Imperfect

Damien Chazelle calls his new film, Babylon, “a hate letter to Hollywood and a love letter to movies”

Out for Blood

A century after Nosferatu’s release, Berlin’s National Gallery explores the enduring influence of F. W. Murnau’s vampire film

And the Award Goes to…

At the 2022 International Opera Awards, Kris Defoort’s The Time of Our Singing wins for best World Premiere

Barbara Hepworth’s Natural Habitat

Animal Instinct

A new film by the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski offers a prescient look at mankind today, through the eyes of a sympathetic, non-human protagonist

Last Laugh

From the National Theatre, London, a rare revival of George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem

Yabba Dabba Doo!

With two sellout world tours and 430 million downloads, Britain’s most successful comedy podcast, My Dad Wrote a Porno, has finally reached its climax

All Roads Lead to Paolo Di Paolo

Ahead of a new movie by Bruce Weber on the forgotten photographer and chronicler of postwar Italy, we collect some of his most memorable pictures

A Mania for Egyptomania

Early next month, the “Magnificent Jewels” sale at Sotheby’s New York will include nearly a dozen superb pieces of Egyptian Revival jewelry

Otello in Athens

Robert Wilson tackles Verdi in the birthplace of tragedy

The Downtown Set

A list of the 50 young New Yorkers who are remaking Lower Manhattan in their own image

Isaiah Barr

The saxophonist and co-founder of Onyx Collective, an experimental group of artists, is taking on fashion and filmmaking

Yoko Before John

To understand the most misunderstood woman of the last half-century, you have to go back to the beginning

How Hip-Hop Was Made

After photographing London’s nascent punk scene, Janette Beckman moved to New York to chronicle hip-hop’s early days and founding artists—A Tribe Called Quest, Run-DMC, and LL Cool J among them

What Makes a Neighborhood?

Debbie Harry, Woody Allen, Cat Marnell, Ian Schrager, Diane von Furstenberg, and others weigh in

Singing the Lady Electric

In the five decades since Jimi Hendrix founded Electric Lady, on West Eighth Street, the music studio has kept its look—and caliber—intact

Ludlow, Lady Gaga, and Me

In 2006, Pianos, on Ludlow Street, was a divey service-industry spot attracting the likes of Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler—and a pre-fame Lady Gaga