Twenty-one years, twelve revivals and umpteen casts later, Richard Eyre’s Royal Opera production of La traviata still has much to recommend it. Bob Crowley’s designs are handsome – the salon in Flora’s draws gasps from newcomers – and the costumes are sumptuous. It is the very model of a modern major house stalwart. However, any revival stands or falls by its principals and their ability to inhabit the roles rather than merely sing them prettily. A good revival director helps.
These triple chocolate brownies are truly indulgent! Over the years, so many people have asked for this recipe that it’s time to go public! Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C and line a cake tin approx 20cm square & 6cm deep with greaseproof paper. (I use a silicone one – flexible, so it’s easier to peel out the brownie after cooling in the fridge.) Melt the butter, plain and milk chocolate together in a saucepan and allow to cool slightly.
In response to overwhelming demand on Twitter (well, Mark Valencia), here’s my recipe for Seville Marmalade. Ingredients for around 4-5 jars (depending on size)1. Put a sieve over a preserving pan or other very large, non-aluminium pan. I use a ceramic casserole. It’s important to leave enough room in the pan to allow the marmalade to bubble without boiling over. Cut the oranges and lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the pan, using the sieve to catch any pips and pith. 2.
Read-between-the-lines email from Stéphane Lissner to subscribers re Netrebko pulling out of Paris Traviata, "sharing our disappointment": "Live performance is always subject to a high level of risk - illness, accidents, performers' unilateral decisions..." Hihi 😉
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