One of the intriguing aspects of the defunct Soviet regime was its special regard for traditional art forms like opera and ballet. The result is that even today, two decades after the collapse of communism, classical Russian culture is still preserved and celebrated as it is nowhere in the West.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Jack Diamond has designed buildings throughout the world, but the front parlour of his home in Toronto’s Moore Park neighbourhood isn’t lined with pictures of his opera houses, city halls, or university buildings; instead, there’s a collection of watercolours he has painted over the course of his long career.