Saturday morning at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, The Dallas Opera presented Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appétit! in the perfect location – a test kitchen! Bon Appétit is a fun-filled work that puts a surprisingly well-suited operatic spin on one of America’s most well-known foodies — Julia Child.
The oft-imitated speech patterns and voice type of Julia Child lend themselves all too easily to a half-hour operatic performance. Mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely took over the comedic aspects of her character – from purposefully making a mess, to going a little far with the wine during a “commercial break,” and had the Farmer’s Market audience in uproars of laughter from beginning to end.
This is one of those works that is perfect for these sort of “pop up opera” settings and helps to shatter the stereotypes that opera is stuffy and only for the elite. The performance and event was a fun success and a great way to kick off a Saturday morning. Not to mention that after watching someone bake a cake, being at the Dallas Farmer’s Market, which offered quick access to food and sweets, made the location even more appropriate.