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Recommends Opera

L’enfant et les sortilèges

Leeds Grand Theatre, 16th September to 18th November

Ravel’s second opera is a kind of diabolical Toy Story. A warning to children it tells of a child who mistreats animals, toys and objects with a disdain bordering on the sadistic. When the objects come alive and give him a dose of his own medicine matters get really lively. Originally intended as a ballet it evolved into an opera over the years following Ravel’s wartime experiences and finally received its premiere in 1925 in Monte Carlo with ballet scenes choreographed by Georges Balanchine. Surreal, nightmarish and ultimately redemptive (see below) it is one of the rare examples of an opera that transcends its origins to become an exquisite jewel. Never mind Disney—if you want to know what a singing armchair sounds like, go to Leeds.

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In Prospect’s September issue: Emily Andrews, Andrew Brown and Tom Clark assess what the reign of King Charles might look like. Andrews profiles Charles and questions whether he will be able to keep his opinions to himself. Andrew Brown look at the coronation—the world is a very different place now from when the last one took place. Tom Clark explains the results of our poll, conducted by ICM, into people’s view on Charles taking the throne—it turns out fewer people than ever before want the heir to become our monarch. Elsewhere in the issue Nick Cohen details his battle with the bottle and shows that Britain has a problem with drink that it doesn’t want to talk about, and Toni Morrison Also in this issue: Toni Morrison on America’s stubborn race divide, Brian Klaas on how Europe should deal with Trump and Jessica Abrahams explains everything you need to know about fourth wave feminism