Laurel Semerdjian

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In defence of singers

<i>April 22, 2014</i>Jenna SimeonovOp-ed<p>I remember playing some auditions as part of a "mock" audition panel where the singers would get feedback about …

The Arts

Fired for Being Too Fat, Opera Singer Deborah Voigt Admits 'I Was a Poster Child for Food Addiction'

When Deborah Voigt was fired for being too fat to fit into a (size 12) little black dress for a production of Strauss’s <i>Ariadne aug Naxos</i> at London’s …

The Arts

Conductor quits Israel Opera over refusal to mourn Paris dead

January 11, 2015 by norman lebrecht<p>The French conductor Frédéric Chaslin, music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, pulled out of last …

How To Make Burrata At Home

If you've never had burrata, stop reading immediately and run to your nearest Italian restaurant. Then hurry back, because you're going to want to understand exactly what you just ate. You'll know for certain that it was the most sublime thing you've ever consumed: a creamy, salty cloud that melted …

Joe Cocker's other legacy: John Belushi's impression

British singer Joe Cocker died on Monday at age 70. Though he was known for his distinctive vocals on a number of hits, including "With a Little Help From My Friends," "You Are So Beautiful" and "Up Where We Belong," it's nearly impossible for most to have a conversation about Cocker without …

Comedy

Renee Fleming to star on Broadway for first time

Having played dozens of roles on the operatic stage, Renee Fleming will venture into new territory this spring when she makes her Broadway debut in the play "Living on Love." The soprano will reprise the role of a temperamental opera diva that she first performed this summer in a brief run of the …

The Arts

11 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes: You Be the Judge

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate classic, but the debate between soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy rages on. Everyone has their own favorite …

Dessert

CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?

Homeland The TV drama accurately presents the mission, intensity, pace, contradictions and complexity of a CIA station engaged in deadly battle, say …