Opera Philadelphia

BON APPÉTIT! A Sweet Soirée

Opera Philadelphia invites you to an operatic amuse-bouche featuring Lee Hoiby’s delightful BON APPÉTIT! This charming opera showcases the beloved Julia Child and is adapted directly from one of her classic television broadcasts during which she bakes a chocolate cake. Opera Philadelphia has partnered with Houston Grand Opera to bring you a new production of this piece starring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton.

In addition to the performance, Opera Philadelphia is serving up a unique menu of benefits for supporters of this special event. We have partnered with acclaimed chef Pierre Calmels, owner of Bibou Boutique, who will provide a three-course French dinner to gala guests in the Philadelphia region (at the Benefactor level and above). While the event is free to watch, we invite you to become a sponsor of Opera Philadelphia’s Sweet Soirée take advantage of these benefits, such as a chocolate cake delivered to your home. Your support ensures that Opera Philadelphia remains a leader in our cultural landscape locally, nationally, and, especially now with the introduction of the Opera Philadelphia Channel, around the world.

The RSVP deadline for this event has passed. If you have any questions, please contact Adele Mustardo, Director of Events, at events@operaphila.org or 215.893.5912.


A Musical Monologue
Music by Lee Hoiby
Text by Julia Child, adapted by Mark Shulgasser
Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton as Julia Child
Pianist, Jonathan Easter

Video and Audio Production by Keep the Music Going Productions
Directors, Ryan McKinny and Tonya McKinny

An HGO Digital Production in association with Austin Opera
Sarah and Ernest Butler Performance Series

BON APPÉTIT! A Sweet Soirée

Gold Sponsors

Beth and Gary Glynn
Mr. and Mrs. Dudley D. Johnson
Joan Mazzotti and Michael Kelly
Judy and Peter Leone 

Silver Sponsors

Dianne and Don Cooney
Mrs. Zoë S. Pappas
Jean and Gene Stark

List as of December 21, 2020

Producing Sponsor

Tolsma Productions

Event Partners

Bibou Boutique
Ouí Pastries
Credit: Sean Davis courtesy Opera Memphis
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