•February 12, 2014 • 3 Comments

[Elīna Garanča (Octavian) and Michaela Kaune (Marschallin) in Strauss' "Rosenkavalier", Berlin/Deutsche Oper 2008. - Photo Credit: Bettina Stöß, Deutsche Oper Berlin]

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White Shirt Monday: In The Unlikeliest of Places

•February 10, 2014 • 2 Comments

[Somewhere between the shirt, the trenchcoat and the slicked back hair, I sense a White Shirt moment... Angela Denoke (Kundry) and Willard White (Klingsor) in the ROH's recent production of Wagner's "Parsifal", London/ROH 2013. - Photo Credit. Clive Barda.]

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From The Writing Desk: Plans for 2014

•February 8, 2014 • 10 Comments

writing desk post headerIt’s already February, so it’s about time to think about this not-quite-so-new-anymore year in writing terms.

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Chattamezzo Shoe Shoe

•February 6, 2014 • 2 Comments


Other people may put their swollen feet up during maternity leave, Elīna Garanča writes a memoir (the small print states “recorded by Ida Metzger and Peter Dusek”) and adds a book tour for good measure.

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White Shirt Monday: Suit Yourself

•February 3, 2014 • 9 Comments

[What's better than one mezzo White Shirt? Two mezzo White Shirts! - Varduhi Abrahamyan (Bradamante) and Malena Ernman (Ruggiero) in Handel's (and Christof Loy's new Zurich) "Alcina", Zurich 2014. - Photo Credit: Monika Rittershaus for Opernhaus Zürich)]

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From Anik’s Kitchen: Apple Strudel

•January 31, 2014 • 4 Comments

Flaky, buttery strudel hiding soft, tart apple pieces, served with a sheen of powdered sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream… and you don’t even need to travel to Vienna for it (though you could. There’s never a shortage of reasons to go to Vienna).

All you need is a bit of time (not that much, most of this recipe is waiting while you can do other things) and your favorite operetta tunes collection (it can even be Beczala, who sings beautifully, although his remarks on regietheater suggest ample space within his skull cavities as one of the reasons).

First of all: making your own apple strudel is not particularly difficult. If you have a sous-chef to help you out with the stretching (no particular talent required, just care and patience), it’s even fairly easy. You get to adjust the levels of sugar and butter, y0u can play with the filling, and you skip all the additives that the frozen pre-cooked strudels have. Plus it tastes so much better than the ones from the supermarket freezer.

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White Shirt Monday: Mi lusinga il dolce affetto

•January 27, 2014 • 8 Comments

ALC_ME_CB_ZU260114[Shirt or no shirt: that is the question. Malena Ernman (Ruggiero) and Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) in Handel's "Alcina", Zurich 2014. - Photo Credit: the one and only Monika Rittershaus for Opernhaus Zürich]

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