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Recommends Opera

Don Carlo

Royal Opera House, 12th to 29th May

Inspired by Schiller’s 1787 dramatic poem, Verdi’s masterpiece went through a number of revisions. When Luchino Visconti directed the five-act version at Covent Garden in 1958, it was considered unbeatable. Nicholas Hytner’s version (below) made its debut in 2008 and has become a Royal Opera stalwart. Although the auto-da-fé sequence still troubles some, it is a worthy successor to the Visconti. The Renaissance has rarely looked—or sounded—so profound, dark and compelling. US tenor Bryan Hymel takes on the challenging title role.

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In Prospect’s May issue: Neal Ascherson, Simon Jenkins, John Curtice and Frances Cairncross examine the growing divide between England and Scotland. Ascherson argues that England has become Scotland’s “neurotic neighbour,” while Jenkins says we should learn from history and prepare for Scotland to leave the Union. Cairncross and Curtice debate whether Scotland could afford to break with England and whether a fresh referendum on independence is actually winnable. Also in this issue: Jason Burke questions whether the world will be a safer place after the downfall of Islamic State, Paul Hilder examines how politics got tangled in the web and Michael White reviews a new book charting the history of the Daily Mail
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