Delighted to see that the supreme French coloratura of recent times has been upgraded in the New Year’s Légion d’honneur lists. Mme Mesplé, 83, now holds the rank of Grand officier (up from Commandeur). Click here to hear her in action.
Others honoured include Paris Opéra past directors Nicolas Joel and Pierre Bergé, along with the composer Psacal Dusapin.
France decorated more musicians this year than Britain did.