Opera Noodles

Back in October, I had the opportunity to perform at Toronto’s all-night arts’ festival: Nuit Blanche.

Linz singing

I was a part of a performance art installation by Toronto artist, Derek Liddington, entitled Allegory for a Rock Opera.  The piece had two Italian-opera-renditions of Bruce Springsteen songs: Born in the USA (my song) and Born to Run (my partner’s song).  We sat in the installation, in the freezing cold, and sang every half hour… dressed as 1980’s dandies.  Complete with mullets.

Linz & Derek backstage

If it sounds baffling, you can see a YouTube clip here:  (it’s great quality but doesn’t go right to the end of the piece, where I got my high notes!)

If you do want to also hear the high notes, you can catch the YouTube clip my friend Pem recorded on her phone, complete with a bit of my partner’s aria too — and the crazy ending.  You may need to tilt your head 90 degrees for the second half of the clip though!

And so the important question becomes: What do opera singers eat before they perform? And a great question it is — we all have our rituals… avoiding certain foods and making sure to include others.  I have friends who must have a diet pop before going on stage and others who avoid dairy, chocolate, or nuts.  I generally like a bowl of pasta, and have come to include these soba noodles as a part of my performing routine.


You’ll note that there are no forms of protein or anything resembling a veggie in this dish.  I highly recommend serving this with a plate of Lime & Sesame Kale and maybe some tempeh or tofu.

My friend Avra and I have been known to eat these after a tough night rock climbing in the most fancy manner: sitting on her floor, straight out of the pot they’re cooked in… each of us with a fork in hand.  I think they somehow taste better that way.


Opera Noodles
Serves 2

  • 2 bundles soba noodles (about 200g)
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. flax oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. tamari (to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha chili garlic sauce (to taste)

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and add soba noodles.  Cook until al dente, according to package directions (mine take 6-8 minutes).  Drain and toss with oils, tamari, and garlic salt.  Top with sesame seeds and Sriricha and enjoy with a pair of chopsticks.

Categories: Main Course, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian


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One Comment on “Opera Noodles”

  1. November 4, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I like this very much 🙂

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