Bon Appétit, the one act operetta based on Julia Childs cooking show will be presented at the Dallas Farmers Market Demonstration Kitchen next February under the auspices of the Dallas Opera. Bon Appétit is a great deal of fun, and for those readers in the Dallas area, even more of an excuse to head to the farmers market. Here is the announcement:
THE DALLAS OPERA PRESENTS
MEZZO-SOPRANO SUSAN NICELY
AS THE ONE-AND-ONLY JULIA CHILD
In Lee Hoiby’s Delectable Oven-Proof Opera
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Two Performances: 11:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market Demonstration Kitchen
LIMITED SEATS – FREE WITH RSVP
‘DALLAS, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 – The Dallas Opera is thrilled to announce that mezzo-Soprano Susan Nicely will portray twentieth-century culinary icon Julia Child in composer Lee Hoiby’s BON APPÉTIT! The one-act operetta, with a libretto by Mark Shulgasser and support from The Perot Foundation Education and Community Outreach Programs, is based on two episodes from Julia Child’s popular cooking show in which she concocts a chocolate cake. This witty, warm-hearted opera premiered in 1989 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., with actress Jean Stapleton originating the role of Julia Child. The title, of course, is based on Child’s signature close of each of her Emmy
Award-winning broadcasts from a kitchen that now resides in the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.
The Dallas Opera is presenting two FREE performances of BON APPÉTIT! (sung entirely in English – except for the title) at the Dallas Farmers Market Demonstration Kitchen, located at the corner of South Harwood Street and Marilla Street in Downtown Dallas, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 (11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.). However, seating is limited and RSVPs are requested. To secure your seat for a taste of this rarely performed modern work, call 214.443.1000 or reserve your seat online at http://dallasopera.org/rsvp. Please don’t delay, or someone else’s oven mitts will be all over this.’
COMMANDOpera found a video from Miss Nicely’s YouTube page from her Atlanta performance in the role.