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Norma at San Francisco Opera

Renate Stendhal, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Entertainment
Renate Stendhal, Ph.D.

Call me Norma. I am a Druidic priestess and I have a tool shed. My toolshed is in the Druidic barn (did we have barns back in ancient Gaul? never mind) and that's where I keep the kids I bore Pollione, our Roman enemy.

Bass Baritone Christian Van Horn -- A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Christian Van Horn is Oroveso in San Francisco Opera's new production of Bellini's Norma. The bel canto gem opened the 2014/15 Season on September 5, making Christian's resounding bass-baritone the first voice to be heard in the Company's 92nd Season.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of Norma at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.10.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The production elements are not heaven sent. The set designs of David Korins are clever, but confusing and cluttered. The Kong-size doors, the ready abundance of knives, spears and scythes, keep the eyes very busy and the questions coming.

Beet Bellini With Pickled Ginger

Viviane Bauquet Farre | Posted 02.16.2014 | Taste
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Beets might be a vegetable, but they are inherently sweet and lend themselves marvelously to this Bellini.

Met Opera: Radvanovsky Triumphs in Bellini's Norma

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Sondra Radvanovsky brought the Metropolitan Opera house down last night in her exquisite first performance of the challenging title role in Bellini's Norma, firmly establishing her place in the first rank of bel canto prima donnas as well as the more familiar romantic and dramatic roles of which she is already a recognized diva.

11 More Reasons To Drink Champagne

Posted 04.10.2014 | Taste

Bellini and mimosa recipes for lovers of bubbly.

82nd & Fifth: PROTECTIVE by Alison Manges Nogueira

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Posted 06.29.2013 | Arts
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator Alison Manges Nogueira admits that she has a clearer understanding of Bellini's Madonna and Child since becoming a mother herself. "I can see ...

Renata Scotto's Dream for La Sonnambula

Justin Moss | Posted 04.06.2013 | Miami
Justin Moss

Rachele Gilmore is making her debut as Amina in a way that many sopranos can only dream -- under the direction of one of the iconic interpreters of the role, Renata Scotto.

Drama Queens: A Conversation With Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.19.2013 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

The issue of physical stamina goes hand-in-glove with vocal stamina. The collected material of Drama Queens certainly offers a list of heavy-duty physical challenges.

Drink Like An Italian | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

From pasta and pizza to tiramisu, Americans have a pretty good idea how to eat like an Italian. But how does one drink like one?

Spring's First Fruits -- For Cocktails | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

Cocktails get a huge flavor boost from fresh fruits and herbs, especially when they're ripe. Take advantage of this year's early harvest by mixing up some of our favorite delicious recipes.

Make Mom A Cocktail | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste

Whether you're planning a simple breakfast in bed or elaborate spa treatments for your wife or mom, there's one thing she definitely deserves this Sunday: a well-made drink.

Along For The Ride: Lingering At Venice's Hotel Cipriani

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 11.23.2011 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

The Doge's Palace, the Lido, the Grand Canal: how grand can they be, compared to this?

Two-Ingredient Cocktails | Posted 09.28.2011 | Home

A few weeks ago, we challenged ourselves to find five delicious and complex three-ingredient cocktails. It turned out to be quite an easy task, since ...

A Vacation In A Glass: 8 International Cocktails | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home

The change of seasons is as good a reason as any to take a few days off, but unfortunately not everybody gets to have a spring break. Trust us, we fe...