The former tenor has been awarded the Premium Imperiale, a Japanese vanity case for the superannuated.
This year’s other winners are the sculptor Antony Gormley and film director Francis Ford Coppola. Each gets a cheque for $150,000, hardly a life-changer at this stage. Maybe they’ll turn it down.
The UK adviser to the prize is the discredited chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten.