Martinigansl!

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Tonight I joined a group of friends at Zum Martin Sepp in the idyllic Grinzing in the 19th district of Vienna to celebrate St. Martin’s Day. I think of this holiday like the Austrian Thanksgiving, an autumn feast. It’s typical on St. Martin’s Day to eat Martinigansl (roasted goose), red cabbage, knödel (dumpling), chestnut sauce and garnished with orange slices…Mmmm😋

Why goose, you ask? I just found out: St. Martin is known as a patron to children and to the poor. When St. Martin was trying to avoid becoming bishop, he hid in a goose pen…hence geese have become a symbol of St. Martin.

What does goose taste like? To me it tastes like the dark meat of turkey.

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Sleep during the day, up at night

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After a a long and difficult night bus from Belgrade back to Vienna, I had no choice but to sleep the entire day. At night, I was finally well rested and went out with my friend Agnieszka to the Rote Bar. Rote Bar is actually a small theater in the Volkstheater. It acts as a lecture hall for the theater in the day, bar at night and a brunch buffet on Sundays. Whatever it’s function, as you can see, it’s gorgeous!

Post audition walk in Belgrade

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After a great audition at the National Theater of Belgrade, I took a walk around. Their were a combination of different types of architecture which makes this a very vibrant city. PHOTO 1: Temple of Saint Sava / PHOTO 2: House of the National Assembly of Serbia / VIDEO: inside the Church of Saint Sava. I would have also taken a photo of the beautiful theater, but the outside was under heavy construction. Oh, and I got the job…more details to follow! 😀

Belgrade with a native

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It’s so nice to get to work with colleagues from all over the world. Milica Jovicic, who sang Ottavia when I sang Poppea in Athens, is a native of Belgrade who is currently living in Barcelona. Lucky for me, she just so happened to be visiting her family during the same few days I was here…and guess what? She’s on her way to Vienna on Saturday (which is where I’m currently living). So great! After meeting during the production in Athens in 2017, we have already met in Barcelona, now Belgrade and soon in Vienna!

Milica took me to the Skadarlja (the bohemian quarter) for some traditional Serbian food: beef soup, shopska salad (basically a Greek salad, minus the lettuce) and Karageorge Schnitzel (fried pork roll, filled with cream). After that we went to the fancy cafe at one of the oldest hotels in Serbia, Moskva Hotel, where I tried the typical Moskva Šnit (the colorful cake in the photo): a light cake with layers of cream, cherries, pineapple and almond.

My first time in Belgrade

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When you are notified of an audition only 4 days before, it can be difficult to arrange all the travel. Sometimes you are lucky to find last minute deals…and sometimes there are only overpriced options (and this was one of those times). The only affordable price was to travel by bus for €65 round trip…taking me 12 hours. The last 2 hours I started feeling car sick and when I finally got to the hotel, I had such a pounding headache. Fortunately I arrived to this beautiful room with a jacuzzi tub…this was exactly what I needed after such a journey! Thank you Atlas City Center Suits!

Fiordiligi & Despina reunite

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I had the great pleasure of working with the amazing soprano Francesca Geretto as Fiordiligi where I made my role debut as Despina in Perugia. 3 months later, I was so happy when she decided to visit me for the long weekend in Vienna. We had the best time and I hope to work together with her again, soon!

View media from the show: http://www.lisaalgozzini.com/despina-2018

Soup time!

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We couldn’t have nice weather forever, so today the weather has officially changed to autumn…perfect time for some soup! I improvised this tomato soup with ingredients I already had in my fridge: a can of diced tomatoes 🍅 , carrots 🥕 , zucchini 🥒, potatoes 🥔, onions, cabbage and garlic. A slice of sunflower seed and carrot bread accompanied the soup.