August 9, 2010

Die Oper kocht

Filed under: Books,Simon Keenlyside — Administrator @ 7:53 am

A new book, published in Austria, Die Oper kocht, contains recipes from various stars of the world of opera.

July 19, 2010

July 19, 2010

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 11:59 pm

How to beat depression — without drugs

A healthier lifestyle could banish the blues, says a new book

Article at

Book at and at

The suggestions

Take 1,500mg of omega-3 daily (in the form of fish oil capsules), with a multivitamin and 500mg vitamin C.

Don’t dwell on negative thoughts – instead of ruminating start an activity; even conversation counts.

Exercise for 90 minutes a week.

Get 15-30 minutes of sunlight each morning in the summer. In the winter, consider using a lightbox.

Be sociable.

Get eight hours of sleep

July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010

Filed under: Marcelo Alvarez — Administrator @ 11:12 am

Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur


Adriana Lecouvreur, DVD,

“All of the principal singers are excellent in this 2009 Turin Opera production of composer Francesco Cilea and librettist Arturo Colautti’s much-loved retelling of the love and intrigue that killed French actor Adrienne Lecouvreur in the Paris of 1730.”–John Terauds,

I would have said “actress” and not “actor,” but then I’m not always very PC.–JP

June 23, 2010

June 23, 2010

Filed under: Opera — Administrator @ 1:48 pm

“La temporada del Liceu está lanzando sus últimos cartuchos, pero este ha causado una excelente impresión. La mejor ópera de Chaikovski tuvo un equipo de enorme calidad vocal e interpretativa. A pesar de haberse retirado, por enfermedad, el esperado Ben Heppner, justo es reconocer que su lugar lo ocupó con esplendidez el tenor ucraniano Misha Didyk, bastante joven y con una voz de grato timbre dotada de todos los requisitos que exige el dificilísimo papel dramático de Hermann, que muy pocos logran superar con la energía y la vitalidad que exhibió Didyk después de superar sus fuertes números del primer acto y concluyendo con una muerte ejemplar.”–from review at La Vanguardia of Pique-Dame in Barcelona

June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 1:42 pm

My current reading:

June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010

Filed under: Music — Administrator @ 1:38 pm

Tête à tête avec Yannick Nézet-Séguin

June 6, 2010

June 6, 2010

Filed under: Music — Administrator @ 5:17 pm


June 6, 2010

Today Zuill Bailey’s CD Bach Cello Suites is number ten on the music bestsellers list at

June 3, 2010

June 3, 2010

Filed under: Opera — Administrator @ 5:12 pm

Mastering Die Meistersinger

May 25, 2010

Oprah: A Biography

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 6:30 pm

Today I finished reading Oprah: A Biography, by Kitty Kelley. It took me about five weeks to read it, and so I guess I’d have to say I didn’t find it a page turner, but it was interesting enough that I did get through it.

Losing Mum and Pup

Filed under: Books — Administrator @ 6:20 pm

I recently finished reading Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir, by Christopher Buckley, a book about his interaction with his parents, William F. Buckley Jr. and Patricia Taylor Buckley, during their last illnesses and death. It was a pleasant quick read. Good for reading on the commuter train or for outdoor reading in the warm weather.

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