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Michael Coveney: Women fight back in opera and Shakespeare while Timothy Spall triumphs at Cannes

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has become the latest high-profile figure to air their views on the opera critics' comments about Tara Erraught's performance in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne

Michael Coveney: National comes alive in memories at its own 50th birthday gala
By Michael Coveney · 3 Nov 2013 · London

A dream cast list and a canny selection of scenes sent our chief critic into raptures on Saturday night