Every summer I sit amazed and delighted at the BBC Proms audience who so enthusiastically, and yet often politely, applaud between movements while I so often sneakily snigger at the woman, a being of the utmost conventional practice, sitting in front who would always shake her hear in utter disapproval at the vulgarity of such a concept.
This morning I sat down to listen to Radio 3's Discovering Music on Beethoven's Emperor Concerto. If you haven't heard it, it examines a piece of music in depth. Fantastically enlightening unless you have a 14-month-old baby or an escaped lunatic living in your house.
In an age of new technology and social media, Tosca trended on twitter; that surely deems the venture a success. Apart the stonkingly brilliant performance of Tosca, Maestro Pappano presented an introductory documentary on the opera making Pappano a public figure and an operatic front man, perhaps the car salesman of all opera - or not - though this man could sell opera to anyone.