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Scent of a Queen

While I was looking for spring wine concoctions in A Queen’s Delight the other day I came across a recipe for “Queen Elizabeths Perfume”: Take eight spoonfuls of Compound water, the weight of two pence in fine powder of Sugar, and boil it on hot Embers and Coals, softly, and half an ounce of sweet Marjoram dried in the Sun, the weight of two pence of the powder of Benjamin… 326 more words


Cunk Tease

Apparently today marks the 400-year anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the alleged author* of some of the greatest plays ever written in the English language. 248 more words

Rants About TV

The Queen’s Birthday: Development, Forms, and Functions of the celebrations for Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II

Over 90 minutes, 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants from around the United Kingdom and the World will create a joyful event for The Queen. 2,225 more words

Early Modern History

The get out of jail free card

I have a window almost exactly like this at the back of my garage. It’s dark in there (no electrics) and overgrown on the outside by passion flowers, mostly dead, and other twine-y stuff that kind of grows along under the roof and then comes… 543 more words

The Rattle Bag

Glorious bel canto singing marks Donizetti's "Roberto Devereux" from Met Opera Live in HD

Sondra Radvanovsky as Elisabetta and Matthew Polenzani in the title role of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera.

A scene from Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. 1,545 more words


The Met's Curious History of Failing to Fire Lackluster Opera Directors

Bookending the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux are visions of the tomb of the opera’s principal character, Queen Elizabeth I. The effigy of the Queen is revealed first during the overture, as the black-draped chorus files by in homage, and returns in the work’s final moments, when the despairing monarch cries, “Where once was my throne, a tomb now stands: it was opened for me.” 1,146 more words

The Metropolitan Opera

A Night (and Many Days) Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

By James Estrin and Michael Cooper – NYT
“A photo essay on the production of “Roberto Devereux,” from the beginning rehearsals to the opening night curtain.”