Thursday, March 28, 2013

Opera Parallèle Performs Food-Inspired Music


In August 2012, San Francisco's Opera Parallèle (formerly known as Ensemble Parallèle) held a brilliant dinner with soprano Heidi Moss performing Leonard Bernstein's La Bonne Cuisine. Bernstein composed these songs in 1947 with recipes from a French cookbook circa 1890 by Émile Dumont as lyrics.

The evening's other food-inspired music included Catherine Cook hilariously portraying Julia Child whipping up a chocolate cake in Lee Hoiby’s one-act opera Bon Appétit.

According to an attendee, Chef Justin Simoneaux of Boxing Room "delighted the palate of attendees with an heirloom tomato salad, a choice of grilled California yellowtail with summer succotash or herb crusted pork loin with jalapeño grits, and a blackberry bouille trifle as a gastronomic finale."

This coming month (April 2013), take advantage of the opportunity to hear Opera Parallèle perform Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti. Composed in 1951 after his first great Broadway success and before his now classic West Side Story. Expect artistic surprises and a cool setting in an experimental San Francisco theater. It promises to be an excellent and intimate spectacle that I myself won't miss after the past few were so phenomenal and unusual. Click to buy tickets for April 26-28, 2013.

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