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.

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