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

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