Author: Annalyn Swan

Tristan and Isolde

First disclosure: “Tristan und Isolde” is not my favorite Wagnerian opera — all of that gorgeous, shimmering, chromatic music put in the service of a story about ill-starred lovers that groans beneath the weight of mysticism piled atop it. Second …Read More

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

  For anyone who loves either Billie Holiday or Audra McDonald (and I do, both), there’s reason enough to go see “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Actually, make that go hear …Read More

Met Opera: Prince Igor

I wish that I could say to race right out there and buy a ticket to the Met’s new “Prince Igor,” especially on the strength of the glowing review that appeared in The New York Times. The truth is that this …Read More

The Fat Duck

I made a recent excursion to the celebrated Fat Duck restaurant in Berkshire, about a 40-minute train ride from London and home to gastronomic fare that is so exquisite and rarefied that it almost warrants the name “virtual food.” The encomiums are lavish …Read More