• Lee Hoiby
  • Bon Appétit! (1989)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, hp, pf, 2vn, va, vc
  • fl, ob, cl, bn, hn, pf
  • Mezzo Soprano
  • 18 min
  • Julia Child, adapted by Mark Shulgasser
  • English

Programme Note

Cast List
   JULIA CHILD: Mezzo-soprano

A comic culinary extravaganza that taps the wit and antics of one of America's best-loved television personalities.

Librettist note:
Bon Appétit! was comprised of two icons of the television age: music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother-of-all-foodies, in her black-and-white days; written for Jean Stapleton, famed original-cast, Broadway-musical comedienne, in her late career. The juxtaposition clicked for a few seasons, as a curtain-raiser for the more substantial Italian Lesson. The work lives on by virtue of flamboyant mezzos, piano-accompanied at gala occasions where great quantities of chocolate are consumed.

Two episodes of the second WGBH-TV season were conflated: the race between the whisk and the electric beater comes out of a different cake. Props have been used, or not. Hoiby's music deftly veers around Broadway chansons, early television, and Ravelian apotheosis to underline Julia Child's compelling domestic uplift.

— Mark Shulgasser, librettist


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