Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris. Photograph: Elisa Haberer  Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris. Photograph: Elisa Haberer

It is the preview of Samson et Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns’s late-19th-century orientalist opera, at the Opéra Bastille, in Paris. The people of Israe(...)

Weekend in . . . Provence
  • Travel
  • August 29, 2015, 01:00

Exploring Provence’s vast, rugged sprawl can be exhilarating – and daunting. From the salt marshes of the Camargue to storybook hilltop villages li(...)

The cast of Le Pré aux Clercs, a co-production by Opéra Comique and Wexford Festival Opera. Photograph: Pierre Grosbois

Today it’s a quiet street tucked away on the left bank, a few blocks to the northwest of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. In the late 16th century, Le Pré a(...)

Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance  in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’

The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripe(...)