Author Archives: Mark Pullinger

Triple Chocolate Brownies

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! Ingredients: 225g butter 200g plain chocolate 50g milk chocolate 4 medium size eggs 325g golden caster … Continue reading

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Perfect Marmalade!

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) 500g Seville oranges 1 lemon 1kg golden caster sugar 1 piece of muslin 1. Put a … Continue reading

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Gold-plated Don Carlos cast compensates for Warlikowski’s frosty Paris staging

Verdi: Don Carlos *** Opéra Bastille, 28th October 2017 Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra de Paris, had one of his greatest successes as general manager at the Théâtre du Châtelet with Luc Bondy’s staging of the original French version of … Continue reading

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No moonlight, no magic: Richard Jones directs a vanilla Bohème for the Royal Opera

Puccini: La bohème *** The Royal Opera, 11th September 2017 New productions of La bohème don’t come around that often at the Royal Opera. John Copley’s venerable staging lasted for 43 years and the one before that – Peter Brook … Continue reading

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Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers as Semyon Bychkov leads a majestic Khovanshchina

Mussorgsky: Khovanshchina **** Prom 29, Royal Albert Hall, 6th August 2017 At the end of Götterdämmerung, Brünnhilde rides her horse onto a pyre. Although his opera’s not quite as long, Mussorgsky trumps Wagner by sending a whole chorus to their immolation as Act … Continue reading

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