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Recommends Opera


English National Opera, London Coliseum, 2nd to 28th February

Can it really be 34 years since Jonathan Miller first unleashed his Mafia version of Verdi’s dark masterpiece? Tweaked and torqued through several revivals, this is a production that defies the passage of time. Set in New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s with a design heavily influenced by Edward Hopper, it is the perfect milieu for Verdi’s beautiful violence and stiletto wit. Richard Armstrong conducts a sterling cast that includes US baritone Nicholas Pallesen in the title role, lyric tenor Joshua Guerrero as the Duke and Sydney Mancasola as Gilda.

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In Prospect’s February issue: Tom Clark and Luke Harding examine the attacks facing democracy. Clark reviews two books on democracy and suggests a new intellectual assault may be on the horizon. Harding looks at Russia’s attempts to derail the democratic process by focussing on its technical frailty. Melissa Deckman asks why women voted for Trump, while Duncan Bell charts the story of the Anglosphere and suggests Brexiteers are indulging in an old fantasy. Also in this issue: Matthew Harries asks if it’s time to ban the nuclear bomb, Adam Mars-Jones looks at the way we perceive aliens in films and Elizabeth Pisani explores the role of activists in changing the perception of Aids and its pushing for treatment.
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