Singer’s Tea Recipe

Singers Tea Recipe

Tea For Singers – The Perfect Throat Coat Tea Recipe

Since I follow a no-gluten diet, I have given up on most commercial teas and just make my own blends. I make a loose-leaf tea that I put in a tea ball, and the combination of ingredients provides the perfect soothing tea after a long day of singing.

Singer's Tea Recipe


Singer’s Tea Recipe

½ cup Chamomile Flowers
¼ cup Mint Leaves
¼ cup Hibiscus Flowers
2 Tbsp. Lavender Buds
2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped Star Anise


The mint cools while the chamomilelavender, and star-anise work together to provide a deep and soothing sensation. The hibiscus makes the water turn a bright, pinkish-red color, and gives off a wonderfully fruity flavor. This blend is perfect for a nice relaxing evening tea, or good for giving the throat a nice coat early in the morning. Caffeine free, singers tea.


Helping “tenor” find the way – Twin City Stage’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” opens tonight!

I always love the opportunities that the City of the Arts gives me to use my opera training. I was thrilled to go coach the singing actors for Twin City Stage’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor”. The show is a farce of hilarious innuendos, plot twists, and mistaken identities. It’s beautifully written with perfect interpretations of how the singing world was, and is.

This is some of the mostLend me a tenor fun I’ve had working on a show. Getting to work on a farce was a real treat. Plus, I got to use my experience with opera to really help these gentlemen. I accepted the challenge of teaching two singing actors how to sing Verdi.

Mary Lea Dominick Williams and Cameron Williams as Maria and Tito Merelli. Opening tonight, curtain rising at 8.
Mary Lea Dominick Williams and Cameron Williams as Maria and Tito Merelli. Opening tonight, curtain rising at 8.

Verdi is amazing and his music is some of the best in history, and some of the hardest. Any of you familiar with that splendid duet from Don Carlo; you know, “Dio, che nell’alma infondere”? The one with the ridiculously high tenor line that Placido sings with that luscious spinning bel canto we all love. This gem is in the show, and meant to be sung legitimately.

So, how did I teach singing actors to sing Verdi in two months? Well, neither are ready for their MET debut, but hilarious vocalises, opera-isms, and lots of mimicking led the way to more confidence. After numerous coachings, the guys really seemed to get a handle on how to make an “opera” sound, and then we threw on the cherry to make it sparkle, all they need now is an audience.

The actors have done phenomenal in their preparation for this production. The characters are hilarious and very thought out, and the costumes and set are just incredible – I couldn’t be more proud. You do not want to miss one of the best written shows of all time.

Twin City Stage’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor” runs Feb. 1-3 & 7-10 with shows at 8pm and Sunday Matinees at 2pm. A huge congratulations, cast and crew. Break a leg tonight, the audience will love you!

Weekend of the Arts: Winston-Salem Events 2/1-2/3

Twin City Stage’s Production of “Lend Me a Tenor”

Lend me a tenor - Twin City Stage in Winston-SalemFeb 1-3 & 7-10 with performances at 8pm and 2pm Sunday Matinee. Performances held at the Arts Council Theater: 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem NC.

More information available at or on their Facebook.

Fletcher Opera Institute’s Production of Puccini’s “La Rondine”

Feb 1 & 5 at 7:30pm and Feb 3 at 2 pm. Performances held at the Stevens Center at UNC School of the Arts: 405 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101

James Allbritten, musical director / Steven LaCosse, stage director /Angela Vanstory Ward, musical preparation.
“I saw you and dreamed of love.” Magda confesses this to Ruggero, remembering the first day they met. However, at that time she was “kept” by the wealthy  Parisian, Rambaldo. Come experience the charm of the score that could have been Puccini’s only operetta, and discover how it ends for Magda and Ruggero.

More information available on their website.


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet one night only Feb 2 at 7:30 pm

Held at the UNC School of the Arts campus in Watson Hall: 1533 South Main Street, Winston-Salem NC 27127

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has been heralded as the best ensemble of its kind in the world and continues to astonish audiences worldwide with their range of expression, tonal spectrum and conceptual unity. Performing great standards of the repertoire and new masterpieces by Franz Danzi, Kalevi Aho, Darius Milhaud and Carl Nielsen.

SPECIAL EVENT PRICING: $25 Adults / $20 Students & Seniors

More information available on their website.



Feb 1 at 8 pm. Held at the Community Arts Cafe: 411 West 4th St , Winston-Salem NC 27101

The return of this popular duo from the Asheville area with their engaging mixture of original and traditional old-time songs and tunes. Cover: $12/$10 F&B/CAC members Tickets sold only at the door.

More information available on their website.



Apollo 13 Mission Control in Winston-Salem – Held at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts: 251 North Spruce Street , Winston-Salem NC 27101

Remaining Dates
Friday, February 1st – 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday, February 2nd – 3:30 pm-5:30 pm
Saturday, February 2nd – 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Sunday, February 3rd – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Thursday, February 7th – 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Friday, February 8th – 7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday, February 9th – 10:30 am-9:30 pm
Sunday, February 10th – 2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Prepare for blast off! The East Coast debut of “Apollo 13: Mission Control” will take place in Winston-Salem on January 26 and continue through February 10. Become part of the live interactive story as three American astronauts trapped 200,000 miles from Earth fight for their lives and audience members seated in “Mission Control” must make the critical decisions necessary to bring them home.

See their facebook for the latest updates.