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Monday, July 23, 2012

Keep cool with sweet Metropolitan Opera summer show

SWEET STUFF: Renée Flemings signature role as the Marschallin inspired a delicious dish. The Metropolitan Opera will broadcast her 2010 performance this Wednesday.
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  • SWEET STUFF: Renée Fleming's signature role as the Marschallin inspired a delicious dish. The Metropolitan Opera will re-broadcast her 2010 performance this Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Opera has been re-broadcasting popular performances from its Live in HD series to local movie theaters throughout the summer. There have been a lot of great shows on the schedule, but we're most intrigued by the last one which plays this Wednesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m.: Der Rosenkavalier, originally broadcast in January 2010.

We're not huge Strauss fans, but we're eager to catch it since we've never even seen it before, and it is superstar Renée Fleming's signature role after all. There's even a popular dessert named in honor of her performance in the lead role of the Marschallin!

Yes, Fleming has joined the ranks of Nellie "Peaches" Melba and Luisa "Tuna" Tetrazzini as one of the few opera stars with a famous dish named after her. Chef Daniel Boulud and Pastry Chef Thomas Haas of the New York restaurant Daniel created “La Diva Renée” in 1999 in honor of Fleming. The signature dessert is "a multi-layered confection with a crisp sablé cookie layered successively with hazelnut wafers, milk chocolate-Champagne chantilly and a slim chocolate biscuit graced with a coating of bittersweet chocolate, topped with a final layer of milk chocolate-Champagne chantilly and an almond-Amaretto biscuit crowned with a milk chocolate emblem sporting the notes of the Marschallin’s aria from Der Rosenkavalier."

Um, yum. We're sort of hoping local movie theaters will be serving this on Wednesday, but we're guessing we'll have to settle for nachos and Milk Duds again.

btw: Surely we can't be the only ones who think Graham crackers should be in that dessert somewhere? Not only are they tasty and crunchy, but they'd make a nice tip of the hat to Fleming's co-star Susan Graham, a way of saying, "Oh, yeah. You're in it, too."

Anyway, the Met rebroadcasts Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier this Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to Atlanta area theaters including Perimeter Pointe and Regal Hollywod Stadium 24 at I-85. For more information, other locations, or to purchase tickets, visit the Met. Sweet!

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