Opening her fridge and taking out a tin of “Faux Gras” – foie gras for vegans – Sylvie Guillem returns to the public eye in an Italian programme about responsible eating. I was part of that group of people who say, “Ah, the poor little lambs, but they’re so tasty,” because I hadn’t seen what went on.I became a vegan six or seven years ago, when I was still dancing, and I … [Read more...] about Syvlie Guillem appears on Italian tv to talk about veganism
Italian singer Mina, whose discs top the charts, yet she hasn't sung in public, not even in television, since 1978, has been the voice of Barilla since the '60s. Her unmistakable voice tells us why we should buy Barilla's pasta while one of her songs plays in the background.Mina's only contact with the public is her agony aunt column on the last page of the Italian Vanity … [Read more...] about Mina – legendary singer and voice of Barilla – says, “I’m gay”
Renée Fleming described it as the worst night of her operatic life, after Celeste Aida Roberto Alagna gave a military salute and walked off stage, Katia Ricciarelli quit the opera house refusing to come back, and Callas, Pavarotti, Verrett, Caballé and many others have all been on the receiving end. Being booed by the loggionisti at Milan's Teatro alla Scala can be thought of … [Read more...] about Opera singer Rosalind Plowright comments on booing Bartoli at La Scala
This is not a food blog, but as food has, in some way, influenced every dancer, musician, actor, and for that matter everyone else on the planet, I though I could squeeze it in. Food had a profound effect on rotund Gioachino Rossini, and I'm guessing that Mariinsky ballerina Ulyana Lopatkina is less of a foodie, but even so let’s give this a whirl.The reason? Well, besides … [Read more...] about Restaurants of Ghent, Brussels and Mechelen during Flanders is a Festival
Ute Lemper is touring Europe with her cabaret programme which includes material by that most political of theatre writers, Bertolt Brecht.Lemper herself has always been outspoken about her views, upsetting much of the German establishment along the way. The mix of her native German tongue, with almost perfect English and French, might have made her the European par … [Read more...] about So does Ute Lemper approve of Angela Merkel? Nein!