Franco Zeffirelli: Director who revelled in the lavish and theatrical
The last of Italy’s post-war cinema giants, Zeffirelli worked with many of the greatest stars of the 20th century
Country house opera: Exploring the very essence of English art
With bucolic surroundings – including the occasional sheep – this mode of music is like no other. David Lister explores why Puccini goes so well with Pimm’s and picnics
Tete A Tete festival: Mary’s Hand, review: 'A modest gem of a show'
Outstanding take on the life of Mary I of England from an annual opera festival that bets heavily on new talent
The best alternative hip opera shows to see this summer
"No frills" fringe opera festivals provide the perfect opportunity to sample eclectic programming and operatic talent in unconventional spaces. Baritone Peter Brathwaite presents the edgy shows to catch
Salome, review: Direction allows cast's superb voices to be the focus
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra proved that Strauss's opera can make more sense in concert-hall than opera house
Opera singer out of work after surgery left her unable to sing due to
Surgeons say the problem may be difficult to fix
Antarctic polar station up for global architecture award
A dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey has been shortlisted for a global architecture award.