Text by Julia Child. A light-hearted musical monologue that tells the listener how to make a chocolate cake (in a roundabout way). Originally premiered by Jean Stapleton and the composer in 1989. Duration: ca. 18 minutes. Piano reduction (originally for chamber ensemble).Artist:
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Instrumentation: Piano, Vocal
Songs: Bon Appetit
By Mark S.
on August 23, 2018
"The second half of the evening was devoted to “Bon Appetit” . . . accompanied by a wind quintet and piano. . . Hoiby’s music is quite wonderful. . . . What came across was simple delight." ---Anne Midgette, Washington Post [Jamie Barton at WolfTrap]
“A true tour-de-force of singing, acting, and stage craft, this opera is essential viewing for music lovers, aspiring singers, and anyone who loved the gastrodiva that was Julia Child.”---Fred Plotkin, editor, Bon Appetit magazine
Judy Kaye sang it in Boston.
“I suppose [Bon Appetit!] is just a trifle, but to be honest, it gave me the happiest, most carefree time I've had in a theatre in months. (Maybe years.) The real surprise, actually, was the sweet sophistication of Hoiby's score . . . . . something close to the ideal light-opera summer program.”---Thomas Garvey (Boston Globe critic)
“The eighteen-minute work does what operas do best: it allows the listener to hear the words in a new way. . . The moments of slapstick didn’t obscure the real beauty of Hoiby’s lyrical score, typical of that composer’s adamant neo-romanticism . . “ ---Wayne Lee Gay, Dallas News.
“It is a credit to Hoiby’s keen sense of theatricality that he did exactly what should be done given the material: create a solid, well-written work of sheer entertainment.” ---Tom Schnauber, Boston Musical Intelligencer
“The vehicle for this magic was Lee Hoiby's Bon Appétit... A number of patrons asked 'Who is Lee Hoiby and why have we never heard of him?' Well, here is the answer. Hoiby was one of the great opera composers of modern times and it is absolutely shameful that his marvelous theatrical works do not grace the stage of every opera company in the world. The composer was unfairly maligned for writing in a tonal style during the era of wild experimentation and dissonance. . . . . . it is time to say a big mea culpa to Hoiby and get his stuff on the stage.”---Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones (Dallas TX
"The music exults in its genuine tunefulness, as in the setting, near the end . . . where the melody assumes a mouthwateringly chocolaty flavor." ---John Simon [on Jean Stapleton in NYC]
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