From Anik’s Kitchen: Accidentally ‘Mexican’ Pasta

•November 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

kind20of20mexican20pasta_zps0juwupqr[There’s never anything wrong with a plate of farfalle, or, as they are referred to in our household, “conductor pasta” because of bowties.]

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White Shirt Monday: Achillcrombie & Snitch

•November 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Achillcrombie[Looks like the Abercrombie spring preview is already out. – Sally Matthews (Deidamia) and Olga Pasichnyk (Achille) in Handel’s “Deidamia”, Amsterdam 2012. – Photo Credit: Ruth Walz for Nederlandse Opera]

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From Anik’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Soup

•November 21, 2015 • 3 Comments

squash soup[a bowl of warm autumn sun against the chill: the ever-flexible pumpkin soup, a winter season staple that can be dressed up in a variet of ways; here with Styrian pumpkin seed oil and chili sea salt]

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White Shirt Monday: Je ne se pas quoi

•November 16, 2015 • 2 Comments

LNDF BUdL DRMC 2_3 [A hug to our French brothers, sisters and nonbinaries. In this case, Friday night onstage in Berlin at Schillertheater: the Contessa of Dorothea Röschmann reacts to the “Voi che sapete” of Marianne Crébassa (Cherubino), as staged by Jürgen Flimm, Berlin/Staatsoper 2015.]

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Baci mordaci: “Poppea” in Vienna

•November 4, 2015 • 11 Comments

blanche and the maid[“Well, let’s set the scene… have we been drinking?” – Jennifer Larmore (Ottavia), with Marcel Beekman (Nutrice), channeling an impressive Blanche Devereux in Claus Guth’s staging of Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, Vienna/TADW 2015. – Photo Credit: Monika Rittershaus (so this evening has one thing going in its favor already).]

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Blue Moon Tuesday: The Hunger Edition

•November 3, 2015 • 5 Comments

The Hunger: seria Edition

[AfterEllen just reviewed “The Hunger” in their Sapphic Cinema column. Also, Catherine Deneuve just turned 72. – And whatever happens in “Mitridate” here, I wouldn’t be surprised to find David Bowie walking in next. Then again, points to opera seria for these two ending up getting married instead of one of them nailing the other one’s coffin shut. – Netta Or (Aspasia) and Miah Persson (Sifare) in Mozart’s “Mitridate” as staged by Günther Krämer, Salzburg 2006.]

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Fine Tuning

•October 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

best paper title EVER

[Best paper title imaginable, or best paper title imaginable? Hats off to Anthony Rooley. – Seen in Hans-Martin Linde, Regula Rapp (eds.): Provokation und Tradition: Erfahrungen mit der Alten Musik, Stuttgart 2000, p. 131.]

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