Prisoner of the State review – timeless beauty in Fidelio update

Opera Prisoner of the State review – timeless beauty in Fidelio update Barbican, LondonDavid Lang’s short reworking of Beethoven’s opera, conducted here by Ilan Volkov, gives it a universal slant – even if it fails to dispel its dramatic problems 3 / 5 stars 3…

Painting found inside Italian gallery wall confirmed as a Gustav Klimt

Italy Gardeners discovered Portrait of a Lady while clearing ivy at gallery in Piacenza Italian police stand next to the masterpiece by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. Photograph: Polizia Di Stato/Reuters A painting found hidden in an Italian gallery in December is an authentic Gustav Klimt…

The five: changes in animal behaviour due to global heating

The five Animal behaviour Species around the world are being forced to alter their diet, migratory patterns, feeding grounds and more Leatherback turtles are having to swim further to feedling grounds. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo Leatherback turtles Last week it was reported that rising ocean…

Half of a Yellow Sun is a masterpiece in balancing truth and fiction

Reading group Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the long-forgotten Biafran war tells a story that feels truthful, but is also clearly a work of fiction ‘The people who offer us the best insights into reality are often novelists’ … Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie….

UN draft plan sets 2030 target to avert Earth’s sixth mass extinction

The age of extinction Biodiversity Paris-style proposal to counter loss of ecosystems and wildlife vital to the future of humanity will go before October summit Experts have identified oceans as a key battleground in the fight to protect humanity’s natural ‘life support system’. Photograph: Christian…

Davos 2020 should be all about climate crisis but Trump won’t admit it | Larry Elliott

Economics viewpoint Davos 2020 Davos 2020 should be all about climate crisis but Trump won’t admit it Larry Elliott Subject was not an issue at forum’s first meeting in 1971 but should now be at forefront for US president A protest against governmental inaction over…

Davos 2020 should be all about climate crisis but Trump won’t admit it | Larry Elliott

Economics viewpoint Davos 2020 Davos 2020 should be all about climate crisis but Trump won’t admit it Larry Elliott Subject was not an issue at forum’s first meeting in 1971 but should now be at forefront for US president A protest against governmental inaction over…

Poem of the week – Ghazal: Myself by Marilyn Hacker

Carol Rumens’s poem of the week Poetry An apparently very personal statement about how to live extends into much wider politics ‘A signature hangs, unwritten, below the last / line on the page.’ Photograph: Johanna Parkin/the Guardian Ghazal: Myself by Marilyn Hacker They say the…