modernism

Could a piece with no singing be the future of opera?

18 February 2016 17:28

Nowhere are human beings so magnificently self-assertive as in opera.  Everything about operatic characters is outsize; their bodies, their flowing…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

What you could buy for the price of a $179million Picasso

13 May 2015 15:00

This article was first published on Apollo magazine’s blog Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) was the star lot at Christie’s ‘Looking…

Our infatuation with high-rise housing has been catastrophic. Good riddance to the Red Road flats

7 April 2014 12:25

‘If you meet anyone in a pub or at a party who says he is an architect,’ advised Auberon Waugh,…