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Prospect recommends: The best opera this month

"The Renaissance has rarely looked—or sounded—so profound, dark and compelling"

By Neil Norman  

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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.

Ravi Shankar’s…

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