Culture Crash

The biggest drama in Italy these days is the state of the arts under Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. As big budget cuts loom, SILVIA LURAGHI looks at the balance sheet.

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High drama: Berlusconi in a 2010 press conference
© Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis 2011
He may look quite operatic, but Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hardly an opera buff — and accordingly, the Italian opera scene is definitely not thriving. This is true of the nation's cul...

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