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Prospect recommends: Opera

By David Benedict  


Lucrezia Borgia

by Gaetano Donizetti, dir Mike Figgis, ENO Not every film director takes easily to the operatic stage. At English National Opera, Anthony Minghella created a hugely powerful Madam Butterfly but Sally Potter’s Carmen was a case of “nice video, shame about the drama.” But, as opera stretches action and time beyond naturalism and Mike Figgis played similar games with split-screens in his experimental film Timecode, his transition into the melodramatic world of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia looks set to be unusually smooth.

Figgis is no stranger to music,…

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