Joie de Vivre Diva

My interview with the lovely Joyce DiDonato, pink plaster cast and all, is in today’s Independent. We talked about how she felt when she broke her leg on stage at the ROH, how she got through the opera and what her new Rossini disc is all about: namely Mrs Rossini, aka Isabella Colbran…

Read the whole thing here. And check out her blog, Yankeediva, where her latest post waxes lyrical about her experience of performing Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust the other night with the LSO & Gergiev.

Last but not least, here she is at the Wigmore Hall paying a little tribute to her Kansas roots in her encore…

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens