BEING CLEOPATRA: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Look Who was Channeling Cleopatra at the Oscars

So there was only one actress channeling Cleopatra this awards show and that was Sunrise Coigney, wife of Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo. From the Jean Paul Gaultier dress, to the Solange Azagury-Partridge earrings, to the severe hair, she definitely looked like a modern day Cleopatra.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cleopatra as a Flower

Like the famous queen of the Nile, this Cleopatra is flashy and has a mind of her own. Sometimes her big flowers are red with a little yellow, sometimes yellow with red, occasionally the blooms are half and half - whatever her mood dictates. What doesn't change is her ability to deliver a royal presentation without any fussing. A splendid plant with excellent mid-range height.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Francesca Cuzzoni

In London on Febuary 20, 1724 soprano, Francesca Cuzzoni (1696-1778), created the role of Cleopatra in Georg Friedrich Händel's 1724 opera, Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

Click here to buy Giulio Cesare

Sunday, February 20, 2011

When I am not Being Cleopatra, I'm an opera singer

Believe it or not, when I am not Being Cleopatra, I'm an opera singer. Last night (Saturday February 19, 2011) I made my Carnegie Hall debut as a finalist in the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. I sang Laudamus te from 'Messa di Gloria' by Rossini and Quando m'en vo' from 'La bohème' by Puccini. I was honored to have such a wonderful opportunity and it was a truly magical night to get to perform on a stage where so many legendary people have performed!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cleopatra's Culinary Adventures: Food in the Ancient World (Food through History)

"An introduction to the food and eating habits of four ancient civilizations: the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Celts. Alcock divides the book into six sections: historical overview, foodstuffs, food preparation and food professions, food by civilization, eating habits, and concepts of diet and nutrition. She also provides a time line and brief biographies of the classical authors mentioned in the book. The prose is clear and there are illustrations. Because this book is written as an introduction, it reads more like a series of encyclopedia entries than a cohesive narrative, but this makes it an easy source for locating general information on the culinary aspect of each civilization"

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Janet Williams

Soprano Janet Williams sings one of Cleopatra's arias S'avvien che si posi from 'Cleopatra e Cesare' by Carl Heinrich Graun

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Look Who Was Channeling Cleopatra at the Grammys

LeAnn Rimes in Reem Acra

Kathy Griffin in Oscar de la Renta

Lady Antebellum in Roberto Cavalli

Crystal Bowersox in Alberto Makali

PS Unfortunately, Best Opera Recoring nominee, Marc Antonio e Cleopatra by Johann Adolf Hasse, lost to L'amour De Loin by Kaija Saariaho...but it was nice for Cleopatra to be nominated for a Grammy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

How Did The Ancient Egyptians Celebrate Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death (around 270 AD). However, similar Valentine's Day traditions happening in the middle of February have been recorded in many different cultures in the time BC.

"Actually, there is no proof that the good priest Valentine even existed. Some scholars trace the period of mid-February as a time for mating back to ancient Egypt. On those same days of the year that contemporary lovers devote to St. Valentine, men and women of the Egyptian lower classes determined their marital partners by the drawing of lots. But the time of coupling that comes with the cold nights in February before the spring thaw likely had its true origin very near where Valentine supposedly met his demise."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes being Cleopatra in the 1925 production of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra at the Guild Theater, Broadway, New York, NY

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian being Cleopatra as she graces the front page of Harper's Bazaar's March 2011 issue
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