Placidone! Respect!

The greatest tenor on earth is back – singing baritone. Here’s my appreciation of him from today’s Independent. His Simon Boccanegra will be everywhere this summer, on TV on 10 July, on the Big Screens on 13th and even, if you can get anywhere near a ticket, at the Royal Opera House itself.

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"