I was shunned by the opera world when I began appearing in musicals There is still a powerful snobbery in the opera hierarchy and because I decided to do a musical or two, such as Carousel and The Sound of Music, all the doors suddenly closed to the opera houses, which surprised me. I believe their thinking is that once a singer departed from the prescribed operatic route, they become contaminated.
An exhibition of still-life photography in Bath reveals how a new artform successfully challenged the supremacy of painting, says Adrian Hamilton
The Ashmolean's new exhibition of Indian art from Howard Hodgkin's private collection is inspired by his love of the country. By Adrian Hamilton
The Ashmolean's new exhibition of Indian art from the private collection of Howard Hodgkin is inspired by his love of the country
Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of the Italian artist Alighiero Boetti
Arifa Akbar looks forward to Tate Modern's retrospective of Italian artist Alighiero Boetti
The week in culture
As Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings go on display at 11 Gagosian galleries worldwide, Adrian Hamilton visits the two London shows and finds real pleasure in their playfulness
There may be a future Turner prize recipient in this indifferent show for up-and-coming artists – but it would be the devil's own job to pick them
A raft of famous faces from the Queen’s to Boris Johnson and Michael Sheen’s feature in this year's Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition.
Etchings by Canaletto, engravings by Hogarth and prints by David Hockney can all be procured at the London Original Print Fair 2011 which opens its doors today.
The difference between designing for the home and for fashion is enormous,’ Celia Birtwell told me in an exclusive interview. ‘Fashion moves so fast and is so demanding that there is little time to rest and take stock. 'Home' has longevity.’ Five decades on, textile designer Birtwell is back at the forefront of both the fashion and the interior industries. This autumn, she launches an online shop, and a home collection including readymade curtains, bed linen and a retro oilcloth for John Lewis.
Iconic artist, evangelical smoker and avid technophile, the boy from the Broad Acres looks forward to a new season at Glyndebourne. Michael Church meets David Hockney
When Tom Daley hits the water in Sheffield's Ponds Forge pool as the star attraction in the Fina World Series diving final next weekend, he will no longer be the precocious boy wonder of British sport but a young man enveloped by all the trappings of superstardom.
The rule of the majority can only be democratic with an informed electorate. As newspapers die, as Fox News rises, one treasures the 'Rachel Maddow Show' on MSNBC. I am told there is no current- affairs show that is quite as frank and courageous in the UK. Could this possibly be true?
When Hockney first made a splash