Faced with an assignment like this, the temptation is to go cantering down memory lane – I plead guilty elsewhere in these pages – but it is a pleasure to hail an interpretation hot, as it were, off the stage: Pisaroni’s trail-blazing Guglielmo at Glyndebourne this year. He has a beautifully dark, firm voice with a wide range of colour, sings words as if they mean something (being italian helps) and is a natural creature of the stage. But there was more to this performance than that.

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