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Opera should stop trying to make itself accessible and accept that it is an inherently difficult and elitist art form

These are not happy times for what used to be called, without derogation, high culture. Following its recent spending review, the government decided to restore the 17.5 per cent snipped off the Arts Council’s budget since the early 1990s, but even this welcome measure will not bring back the old confidence-the damage runs too deep. Over the past 20 years, the supremacy of the entire western European, post-Renaissance tradition has been tarnished, if not trashed. A minority of old-school humanists may worry about “dumbing down,” but their homilies have come too late, because the vandals have already knocked down the…

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