David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Allegations of domestic violence will change not just Roberto Alagna's but Angela Gheorghiu’s image forever

Angela Gheorghiu is  everyone’s idea of the  superstar opera singer: a hugely gifted soprano with electric stage presence, who also happens to be beautiful, full of star quality and something of a diva to boot.

The Rolling Stones will be dropping off at Worthy Farm on their 50 and Counting anniversary jaunt

Our elder rockers have outgrown our descriptions

Plus: Opera in English? Sorry, I'll need that in writing and some frankly filthy language at the Globe this summer

Forget nudity and swearing. A real shock would be for the art world to engage with the right

Plus The honour is all his in the Panter household and Private Lives' Toby Stephens picks a very public fight with Joan Collins

If looks can sell classical music to the young, why make a noise?

Plus: Lord Rogers makes an exhibition of himself; Sky could benefit from some history revision

Milla Jovovich took part in some performance art at the 55th Venice Biennale

The public don't care about the art scene. So let them shape it as they please

Plus: Let's not take theatre programmes as read; and who is this 'Leonardo DiCaprio' who contributes to problems with the water in Venice?

Placido Domingo has transformed the Covent Garden production of Nabucco

Theatre and opera needs to get with the programme

Plus: An interesting insight into industrial relations from Eddie Braben's obituary and is Harry Hill in bed with the devil he's lampooning?

As Hay-on-Wye opens this week, it's time for book festivals to open a new and exciting chapter

Plus: The mother, father, sister and brother of all Cannes press conference questions and the first cut is the deepest, as Rod Stewart well knows

‘History Zero’ (2013) by Stefanos Tsivopoulos

Still pushing the boat out: The Venice Art Biennale is the wackiest cultural show in the world

But in an age of austerity many of the works have a serious side. David Lister on politics and partying at the pavilions.

An auctioneer receives bids for Gerhard Richter's work 'Abstraktes Bild' during the Sotheby's London Evening Sale of Contemporary Art held at Sotheby's, New Bond Street, London.

Arts funding is going, going – and if we don't think of alternatives, it will soon be gone

Plus: No sympathy for the devil in the booking detail for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, and how did ITV's Savile documentary not win a BAFTA?

I'm sorry, Helen Mirren, but with this latest crowd-pleaser you broke the golden rule of acting

Plus: This rehang will transform the Tate Britain and a chorus of disapproval for these Cambridge folk

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