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My first Christmas in Austria

A special throwback Thursday: My first Christmas in Austria Some of you know I keep traditions from my time in Fieberbrunn and Munich at Christmas. Last summer, while poking around in some files, I discovered that I’d written down a … Continue reading

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Munich and Me

Since I’m going back to Munich for the first time since 1992 (!) I thought it might be fun to explain my relationship to this city which holds so many wonderful memories for me. In 1968 I had a semester … Continue reading

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Parsifal Pilgrimage

This time last week, I was coming home to Durham after an amazing trip to New York. It’s taken me until now to have time to blog about it, but the trip has never been out of my thoughts for … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour: Parsifal dress rehearsal

What an incredible two days! Although I lost a day at the beginning to blizzicane Nemo, I had the most amazing time at the final dress rehearsal for the Met Opera’s new production of Parsifal. As you can imagine it … Continue reading

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No voices were harmed in the making of this production

Here’s a new blog post from Elisabeth Meister on some of the realities of being a professional singer! Great tips if you’re a singer, and honest and interesting even if you’re not. Go read it now! 😉 No voices were … Continue reading

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Panettone Time!

I bought my panettone today! This is the only tradition left from my semester in Florence so many years ago. I was on a semester abroad program from July to December 1968 and was introduced to wonderful panettone (along with … Continue reading

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The Reichenbach Fall

So I finally got around to watching the last episode of Sherlock series two. OFF THE FECKIN’ CHAIN. *ahem* sorry about the language. Is Martin Freeman eligible for a BAFTA next year for this? Had me in FLOODS of tears. … Continue reading

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