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Step-Mama’s Boy

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

From Bach to Bergman and Back Again

Cleopatra vs. Caliban

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller trade off as Frankenstein and the Creature in the National Theatre’s 2011 take on Mary Shelley’s masterpiece

Carla Frayman

The jet-setting D.J. who goes by “Carlita” uses her classical-music background to curate sets for party-goers around the world

The Funniest Show You Probably Haven’t Been Watching

Before Mozart Was Mozart

A Japanese director in Berlin gives the teenage whiz kid’s first operatic hit a dazzling makeover

The Accidental Collector

Judy Glickman Lauder didn’t set out to become a collector. Yet she ended up amassing some of the most important images in photography, shot by everyone from Berenice Abbott to William Klein, to Weegee

A Cri de Coeur for the Moment

Alice Diop discusses Saint Omer, a drama of race and motherhood that marks the filmmaker’s first fiction feature, selected as France’s entry in the upcoming Academy Awards

A Decade in Dance

Happy Endings

When Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along first appeared, it was a disaster. Forty years on, it’s a triumph

Irresistible Force, Immoveable Object

From Glyndebourne, Mozart’s Orientalist fantasy The Abduction from the Seraglio

Bach Re-Boxed

Alisa Weilerstein, cellist in excelsis, premieres an immense new collage that incorporates, in their entirety, the master’s six suites for her instrument

Beyond the Grave

Ahead of his new solo show, the artist Scott Covert discusses his artistic breakthrough and sneaking into cemeteries to create his paintings

Fifty Shades of Gropius

His great-uncle designed Berlin’s Gropius Bau, and he studied alongside Mies van der Rohe. Then he started Bauhaus. An illustrated biography tells the many-layered story of Walter Gropius

The Torch Relit

Lise Davidsen’s 2019 Bayreuth debut in Tannhäuser gave Wagnerians something to cheer about

Ottessa Moshfegh

The novelist behind My Year of Rest and Relaxation and Eileen—plus its screen adaptation, premiering at Sundance—reveals her travel routine

Samuel D. Hunter

Darren Aronofsky adapted Hunter’s play The Whale for the screen. The playwright’s latest project, A Bright New Boise, premieres Off-Broadway next week

An Afternoon with Thomas Mallon

The author and editor of Gore Vidal discusses the influence of Mary McCarthy, his latest book, and the upcoming TV adaptation of his 2007 novel, Fellow Travelers

A Rebel with a Cause

In the midst of protests in Iran, a London show by the artist Soheila Sokhanvari spotlights the country’s early feminist icons

Marriage Stories

Works about marital strife made by artist duo Ed and Nancy Kienholz go on view at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Heart of Gold

Richard Cœur de Lion returns to the Royal Opera House at Versailles for the first time since the French Revolution

Ada “Bricktop” Smith

The forgotten queen of Jazz Age Montmartre

Chasing Vermeer

All Roads Lead to Claudia Cardinale