February!

WINTER

February is definitely the most beautiful time of year in St. Petersburg. 

…just kidding. It’s pretty cold and slushy. However, it does have a charm of its own! Here are some shots of winter: 

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Sometimes people take walks on the frozen river… so do ducks. 

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CELEBRATIONS

My host Nina Nikolaevna’s birthday was in February, so we had a nice celebration: 

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February also brought “Maslenitsa,” the time before lent when everyone fattens up on blini (traditional Russian crepes). Here is my friend Andrei enjoying a plateful: 

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If the saying “you are what you eat” is true, I am definitely part cabbage by now. I have fully embraced cooking with it and make “Щи” (“Schi”) and “Борщ” (“Borscht”) regularly. If cabbage is not the national vegetable of Russia, it should be. 

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PUSHKIN

The great Russian literary genius Aleksandr Pushkin died on February 10th, 1837, in St. Petersburg, after being wounded in a duel. The apartment where he died was turned into a museum, and every year there is a day-long series of activities and events to mark the anniversary of his passing. My voice studio presented a program of art songs and arias based on texts of Pushkin, and we sang to a completely full concert hall! I also stayed and listened to a poetry reading held in front of Pushkin’s statue. 

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ORFEO

I sang the role of Amor in Gluck’s “Orfeo” this past weekend at the conservatory Theater of Opera and Ballet: 

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Apparently, mythological gods of love like to take selfies, too: 

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Short post this time…but hey, February is a short month!

See you next time!

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