Opéra Louisiane is presenting a special performance of Lee Hoiby’s comic one-act opera Bon
Appétit! on Friday, September 9 at 7pm at Juban’s restaurant. This delicious opera is a comedic take
on a classic episode of Child’s popular television show – set to music! The flamboyant master chef,
Julia Child teaches the makings of a classic French chocolate cake – Le Gâteau au Chocolat
With his short opera Bon Appétit!, American composer Lee Hoiby (1926-2011) took on the making
of a chocolate cake, as told through the actual words of celebrity chef Julia Child. Hoiby
composed Bon Appétit! In 1985. The libretto for Bon Appétit! Was adapted by Hoiby’s frequent
collaborator and partner Mark Shulgasser from transcripts of two episodes of Child’s TV show, The
French Chef. The overwhelming popularity of Child (1912-2004) came not just from her culinary
expertise but from her self-deprecating humor and matter-of-fact style. Hoiby wisely left most of
the gags for the staging and wrote a tuneful but straight-ahead vocal line. Like Child’s whipped egg
whites, Bon Appétit! may be light and frothy, but it’s the result of a master’s sure touch.
Bon Appetit! Will be paired with Leonard Bernstein’s The Four Recipes. The songs are recipes from
the 1899 French cookery book La Bonne Cuisine Française (Tout ce qui a rapport à la table,
manuel-guide pour la ville et la campagne) Fine French Cooking (Everything That Has to Do with
the Table, Manual Guide for City and Country" by Emile Dumont. Bernstein owned the book for
many years.  Bernstein translated the recipes into English.
In Opéra Louisiane’s clever staging the soprano singing the song cycle will attempt to cook these
intricate dishes and fail miserably, only to turn on the television to watch Julia Child bake an
extraordinary cake that she epically fails to replicate.
Ticket includes 3 course meal, wine, beer, soda and Musical Performance