Return to Torre del Lago

This year marks the centenary of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. After spotting a Minnie costume on the stairs at Torre del Lago, I started to wonder what made this opera different from all other Puccini operas — and learned rather more than I’d bargained for… I also had a good chat with ace soprano Susan Bullock about the role, which she’s singing for the first time at the Edinburgh Festival on 23 August. Read the whole thing here.

Torre del Lago small

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"