Michael Coveney: Will Mike Leigh's Pirates save the ENO?
The legendary director's new production got a muted critical reception but is a much-needed popular success
Michael Coveney: ENO wins rightful recognition from Oliviers
The English-language opera company is serving up some of the capital's most interesting work
Mark Valencia: Trying times for English National Opera
Britain's second opera company is having a bad week, after its departing chairman accused the artistic director of losing £10million
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
Size isn't everything: opera critics under attack from singers
Several newspaper critics felt it necessary to comment on the physical attributes of a singer at this year's Glyndebourne Festival. They may wish they hadn't.