'Król Roger'
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Król Roger, Royal Opera House, London — review

A musically glittering performance of Szymanowski’s opera

The Life of a Song

Petula Clark in 1965 with a gold disc for ‘Downtown’ ©Hulton Archive/Getty Images
A perfect example of Anglo-Americana, the Petula Clark song marked pop’s evolution into a global lingua franca
Metallica’s juggernaut of a song was founded on an inspired, or possessed, moment of insomnia
Nick Cave
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Nick Cave, Royal Albert Hall, London — review

This gig was a showcase for the musicianship of Cave and his band

Phoebe Pryce and Jonathan Pryce in 'The Merchant of Venice'
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The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — review

The production robs Shylock of his essential moral ambivalence

Dael Orlandersmith in 'Forever'

Forever, New York Theatre Workshop, New York — review

Dael Orlandersmith’s one-woman show is an intense experience

Stephanie Blythe as Baba the Turk in 'The Rake's Progress'
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The Rake’s Progress, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review

Musical standards were high, but Stravinsky’s masterpiece battled with the Met’s cavernous acoustic

Heinrich Maria Davringhausen’s ‘The Profiteer’ (1920-21) and Christian Schad’s ‘Self portrait’ (1927)
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New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic 1919-1933, Museo Correr, Venice — review

A panorama of the movement that challenged the status quo

Yukio Ninagawa conquers Elsinore

The theatre director talks to Peter Aspden about ‘climbing the mountain’ that is Hamlet

New Whitney plays the same old hits

Inaugural show both critiques and panders to the art-world consensus

Notes from history

Armenian musicians unite to mark the country’s darkest moment

Lee Marvin and director Samuel Fuller on the set of ‘The Big Red One’ in 1978
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Hollywood heavyweights: Samuel Fuller and Orson Welles

Two new documentaries chart the US directors’ careers