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Recommends Opera

Der Rosenkavalier

Royal Opera House, 17th December to 24th January 2017

When it was premiered in Dresden in 1911, Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss was an instant success and has rarely been absent from the repertoire since. The three terrific soprano roles must account for its popularity, in addition to the combination of romantic comedy and existential contemplation. After wheeling out John Schlesinger’s kitsch 1984 production one too many times, the Royal Opera finally delivers a new version by Richard Carsen that updates the mise en scene from 1740 to 1911. Renée Fleming plays the Marschallin.

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In Prospect’s December issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues that Donald Trump was born to be a campaigning demagogue, but will he be too bored to rule? Ed Miliband and Michael Gove debate whether parliament should have a binding vote on the terms of Brexit and Christian Wolmar examines the driverless car delusion. Also in this issue: James Harkin examines the situation in Syria, focussing on Raqqa Ruth Dudley Edwards explores the battle in Ireland since the UK’s decision to leave the EU—will the border become a division? And Michael White looks at the life of Alan Johnson, the Labour MP and former postie.