Be my little honey




The earliest surviving opera is Jacopo Peri’s Euridice of 1600. So anything edible which occurs in that opera will be the first instance of food being mentioned in the whole history of opera, and therefore the mainspring of the idea behind the Opera Kitchen articles. Peri, however, did not rise to this challenge very well: there are very few mentions of food in the opera, and those that can be found represent wishful thinking rather than a menu of items for immediate consumption. Even so, there is some honey which deserves fuller exploration. Read on.