Grimeborn and Tête à Tête: Is opera still alive and kicking?
By Alexandra Coghlan - 31 August 7:52

The facts are all in opera’s favour but that doesn’t solve its persistent image problem, writes Alexandra Coghlan.

Electronic music is dominating pop, bringing brilliant female artists with it
By Elliot Davies - 28 August 11:11

With Rihanna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Robyn, La Roux, M.I.A and Janelle Monae, we just see further examples of women excelling at electronic music – just like they always have.

Schloss Grafenegg, the sixteenth century castle which hosts the festival.
The Grafenegg Festival: A programme as eclectic as its quirky castle venue
By Alexandra Coghlan - 27 August 16:41

Alexandra Coghlan takes a trip to Austria to sample the delights of this year's Grafenegg Festival, curated by the pianist Rudolf Buchbinder.

Memo to Miley: twerking is not a feminist statement
By Rhiannon and Holly - 27 August 15:25

Freedom of choice for women is central to the idea of gender equality, but that doesn’t make every choice a woman makes inherently feminist.

Miley Cyrus at the VMAs: a six-minute guide to the prejudices of the entertainment industry
By Sarah Ditum - 26 August 13:25

From Miley grinding Robin Thicke to smacking her backing dancer's buttocks, the VMAs showed that, once again, white men run the show, black men play support, all the women get mostly naked, and black women get to hold up the bottom of the objectification

The Same Deep Water As Me.
The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse: Deep waters that run shallow
By Andrew Billen - 22 August 15:40

Nick Payne's new play The Same Deep Water As Me fails to capture its audience's sympathies, writes Andrew Billen.

Bruce Dickinson.
The strange patriotism of Iron Maiden
By Kate Mossman - 22 August 12:30

Kate Mossman catches the heavy metal giants on their "Maiden England" tour, and is perplexed by their nationalist aesthetic.

Jazzie B.
Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley: An intensive, lovingly written account of 100 years of black music in the capital
By Bim Adewunmi - 22 August 9:10

A serious music journalist, Lloyd Bradley's history of black music in the nation's capital is captivating and well crafted, writes Bim Adewunmi.

Yael Farber: “I find it very deadening not to be engaging with things that are difficult or emotional”
By Hope Whitmore - 21 August 11:56

An interview with the director of <em>Nirbhaya</em>, a new play about the Delhi rape case that shocked the world.

Morrissey.
I gave up on Mozza years ago - Morrissey: Live is proof that I was right to do it
By Ryan Gilbey - 20 August 15:42

As far as Morrissey concerts go, the one immortalised in his latest film Morrissey: Live isn't the best. It saddens me to say it, but my love affair with Mozza is well and truly over.

Ben Blow and Rowan Winter.
At the Edinburgh Fringe: Engels! The Karl Marx Story and The Confessions of Gordon Brown
By Stephen Brasher - 15 August 17:08

Karl Marx and Gordon Brown unravel on stage in two political gems at this year's Edinburgh Fringe.

Fringe posters.
Edinburgh goes corporate: Is it time for a fringe of the Fringe?
By Matt Trueman - 15 August 10:10

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has swelled to an untameable 2,871 shows, most of them well-behaved and aspiring. Matt Trueman gives his pick of the shows brave enough to stick their heads above the parapet.

The Royal Albert Hall.
At the Proms: Stockhausen and Wagner
By Alexandra Coghlan - 15 August 9:20

Jeffrey Skidmore and Daniel Barenboim rise to the formidable challenge of staging Stockhausen and Wagner at The Proms.

Verbier.
Verbier's 20th anniversary: a festival of encounters and collisions
By Alexandra Coghlan - 14 August 12:47

The Swiss Verbier Festival does epic, polyphonous music well - but it's real gift is for intimate chamber recitals.

Sam Coomes of Quasi: "The internet has demystified the idea of being in a band"
By Yo Zushi - 12 August 11:35

The Quasi front man on two decades in indie rock, noise and the coming apocalypse.

Angelika Kauffman Hall.
Schubertiade: The hills are alive in Schwarzenberg
By Geoffrey Wheatcroft - 07 August 11:19

The annual Schubertiade festival is held annual to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert. This year there was plenty to enjoy, but also cause to be concerned about the future.

Review: Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Tara Isabella Burton - 06 August 13:47

A musical adaptation of <em>War and Peace</em> could easily have become sprawlingly shallow. But director Rachel Chavkin and writer-composer David Malloy are unafraid to let Tolstoyan complexity play out onstage.

Akala.
Akala: "Hip-hop is a modern day minstrel show"
By Joe Collin - 06 August 10:00

Akala’s "Hip-Hop History Live": an exploration of black history like no other I've seen before.

Sonya Tamazovna, Lika Barabadze and another member of the company.
The Muteli Monologues: feminism and activism converge in Georgian theatre
By Tara Isabella Burton - 29 July 15:37

The first complete Georgian-language production of Eve Ensler's feminist performance piece <em>The Vagina Monologues</em> caused substantial controversy. Tara Isabella Burton meets two of the women behind it.

Circle Mirror Transformation rehearsals.
Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation is every inch a modern classic
By Matt Trueman - 28 July 13:00

A wise first choice for the Royal Court's new artistic director Vicky Featherstone.

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger turns 70 today – which begs the question, where have all the front men gone?
By Joe Collin - 26 July 10:49

Whatever happened to the charismatic, effeminate, mysterious frontman?

Burt Bacharach.
Burt Bacharach is a direct line to a lost musical world
By Kate Mossman - 18 July 8:45

The effect of seeing Bacharach live at the Royal Festival hall was to be hit by more top-40 songs that you'd think a single act could be capable of producing.

Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth: A masterful portrayal of a murderer
By Jason Cowley - 18 July 7:00

The Kenneth Branagh/Rob Ashford production of <em>Macbeth</em> for the Manchester International Festival presents an enthralling portrait of sickening, desire-fuelled ambition.

New Statesman
Baroque and roll: Exquisite frustrations and lurid vulgarity
By Alexandra Coghlan - 17 July 11:13

Alexandra Coghlan reviews <em>Hippolyte et Aricie</em> and <em>La rondine</em>.

The cast.
Sam Mendes's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The show lacks the one thing that redeems Charlie - his imagination
By Andrew Billen - 04 July 15:00

Willy Wonka, like God, supplies temptation to his children and punishes them if they fail to resist it. Sam Mendes's crime is a failure of imagination.

Returning Britten's dark social parable Peter Grimes to the sea
By Alexandra Coghlan - 03 July 10:43

With the Aldeburgh Festival's production of Peter Grimes on the Beach, director Tim Albery has created a site-specific opera that avoids cliché to provide an allusive blur of fact and fiction.

BBC Proms.
An obsession with composers' birthdays is turning our orchestras into state-funded tribute bands
By Andrew Mellor - 02 July 10:29

2013 was an easy one for festival programmers. Wagner, Verdi and Britten all have major anniversaries this year. But doesn't organising a festival around something as arbitrary as a composer's birthday undermine the fundamental value of the work?

Rihanna’s victim-diva complex
By Kate Mossman - 27 June 8:39

Six months ago Rihanna looked like she was losing it, and now she looks to be in complete control.

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