INTERVIEW

Fernando Simón: dissecting the public face of Spain’s coronavirus crisis

As the head of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts, the 56-year-old doctor from Zaragoza, who turns up every day on his motorbike, found himself center stage during the pandemic in Spain

ARTS

Madrid’s Teatro Real returns to the stage, with a socially distanced production of ‘La Traviata’

After more than 100 days of closure, the opera house pulled off a skilled return, with a full choir and orchestra observing the safety measures necessary in the Covid-19 era

SPORT

Legendary British soccer commentator Michael Robinson dies of cancer aged 61

The broadcaster and former player, who revolutionized sports commentary in Spain in the 1990s, passed away on Monday in his home in Marbella

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ACCUSATIONS

Plácido Domingo: “In some places now you can’t say anything to a woman”

The opera singer speaks to EL PAÍS on his return to his home country of Spain, discussing his career and his future after he was accused of sexual harassment

Sports stars

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Loved and hated in almost equal measure, the Barça soccer star was a mainstay of Spain’s greatest ever national team, but when it comes to business, tennis is his game. In the run-up to his makeover of the Davis Cup, he talks to EL PAÍS about his venture and how Shakira is a source of inspiration

ARTS

Venezuelan star conductor Gustavo Dudamel to perform at the Castell de Peralada Festival

The musical director and his wife, Spanish actress María Valverde, talk to EL PAÍS about their upcoming performance in Girona, where they will share the stage together for the first time

MUSIC

Folk legend Joan Baez comes to Spain on her farewell tour

Now 78, the music icon will perform in San Sebastián, Sitges, Girona and Madrid before retiring from the world stage

BOOKS

Eighty years later, book of children’s drawings prefaced by Aldous Huxley sees the light in Spain

The collection came out in 1938 to raise funds to help Spanish youngsters who were living through the Civil War

LANGUAGES

Why Spanish is fast becoming Britain’s favorite foreign language

Two reports from the British Council and the Cervantes Institute put its popularity ahead of that of French and German

Cultural Heritage

Could Spanish cathedrals suffer the same fate as Notre-Dame?

Church leaders say safety measures are in place, but the budget for conservation has been cut dramatically in a decade

ART

Doris Salcedo, the Colombian artist who melted 37 tons of FARC weapons

EL PAÍS SEMANAL talked to one of the most influential artists in Latin America about ‘Fragments,’ her plea for enduring peace in her country, and the power of art to inspire social change

MUSIC

Beethoven’s Spanish grandmother

A new book explores the influence that María Josefa Poll had on the musical genius from Germany

LANGUAGE

America claims its stake in the Spanish language

Spain’s plan to include language promotion in Marca España angers Hispanic academies

LITERATURE

Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez takes Spain’s Cervantes Prize

Central American novelist and journalist was a Sandinista revolutionary and vice-president of his country

HISTORY

“Catalans have been exposed to a falsified version of history for years:” John Elliott

UK historian argues regional schools and Spanish nationalists both to blame for current crisis

Literature

3,000 corrections for the poet Miguel Hernández

A new edition of the writer’s collected works contains 30 never before released poems

ARTS

Pablo Escobar: a never-ending source of entertainment

The world’s most famous drug lord may be dead but his on-screen appeal is very much alive

Venezuela Crisis

Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga vows to fight Maduro with music

Beaten and imprisoned for performing during opposition protests, musician says he has no plans to stop

Venezuela crisis

US tour of Gustavo de Dudamel’s Venezuelan youth orchestra canceled

President Nicolás Maduro punishes famed music director for “sticking his nose into politics”

Music

After three incidents in a month, are Spain’s music festivals safe?

Death of an acrobat, a fire and overcrowding prompt experts to call for clearer regulations of events

SPANISH CULTURE

Can an €80m art center energize the Spanish seaport city of Santander?

Pritzker-winning Italian starchitect Renzo Piano completes five-year project to build Botín Center

ART

Will Carmen Cervera’s collection remain at Madrid’s Thyssen Museum?

Still no deal with Culture Ministry covering free-of-charge loan of 429 paintings that expired Monday

GASTRONOMY

Who will succeed celebrity chef Ferran Adrià?

The genius behind the Catalan restaurant elBulli has produced an entire school of thought

CULTURE

Paul McCartney rocks Madrid on a midsummer eve

Three-hour concert brought fans from all over Spain for event to celebrate 40th birthday of EL PAÍS

CULTURE

Lorca’s legacy will stay in Spain

Rumors that part of his work could be sold off to repay the foundation’s debt drives government to action

HISTORY

Spain loses major 20th-century historical archive

Castañé Foundation donates part of collection after failing to reach deal with ministry

LITERATURE

“Let the English keep Cervantes; they will treat him better”

Writers deplore lack of initiatives on 400th anniversary of ‘Don Quixote’ creator’s death