The clue to this blockbusting 2017 biopic from director Tom Volf, with commentary by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, is in the title’s preposition, “by”. The highly-praised film, which bowled opera aficionados over on first showing, is currently available on BBC iPlayer until mid-October. Do yourself a favour and prepare for a 1950s and 60s nostalgia romp.
Holding back the tide of hens and stags is a mug’s game
Many beautiful cities have tried and failed to tame the rowdy crowds.