From Anik’s Kitchen: Brioches

If you pass through Vienna, do make a stop at Kaffeeküche down in the Jonasreindl, a small cornerspot in the middle of an underground traffic station (Schottentor). They sell what is likely the best coffee in town and they also sell Parisian Brioches: tiny perfect fluffy things of subtly sweet white bread. And to top it off, they offer them filled-on-the-spot with chocolate or Marillenkonfitüre (apricot jam). Take the latter. Heaven.

They are closed on the weekends, though, so I had to come come up with a second-best thing made from scratch. Verdict: The whole batch was gone within an hour of making it. Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo – we will make these wherever we go.

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The Stuttgart 1999 “Alcina” Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Alcina”, staged by Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito and conducted by Alan Hacker.

Cast Listing:

Alcina – Catherine Naglestad
Ruggiero – Alice Coote
Bradamante – Helene Schneiderman
Morgana – Catrona Smith
Oberto – Claudia Mahnke
Oronte – Rolf Romei
Melisso – Michael Ebbecke

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The 2017/18 Season at Théâtre du Champs-Elysées

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The TCE season reveal 17/18 starts in twenty minutes!

I am abandoning all plans of a productive morning and am settling down in front of the screen with a glass of Scotch because I don’t have any French wine in the office.

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Double Mezzo Alert: Munich streaming “Semiramide” on demand this weekend!


towanda just alerted me to the fact that Bayerische Staatsoper has as taken pity on our in some cases severely hiccuped Sunday night and is offering their “Semiramide” again, once more as a free stream (now on demand), all weekend long.

Exact time window: Sat., 9 a.m. (UTC+1) to Sun., midnight.