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Julia Child comes alive in concert

Music on Norway Pond: One-Woman opera at the Hancock Meetinghouse

Music on Norway Pond will present a program combining Julia Child and opera at the Hancock Meetinghouse on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Lee Hoiby’s opera “Bon Appétit!” is a one-woman opera transcribed from a classic Julia Child television broadcast. Deftly directed by Patricia Weinmann, in this ‘episode’ we find the master chef teaching the makings of a classic French chocolate cake as only she can.

Hoiby’s lively score illuminates Child’s words and witticisms and takes listeners on a musical journey to match the culinary adventure unfolding before their eyes.

During the 30-minute performance, mezzo-soprano Vanessa Schukis channels Child’s energy and enthusiasm to prepare “Le Gateau au Chocolate l’Eminence Brune” with flour flying and eggbeaters racing. Just as in a cooking show on TV, the cake is prepared from real ingredients as the piece is sung.

Known for her dramatic style and sense of comic timing, Schukis has distinguished herself as an opera singer, actress, concert artist and devoted teacher. She has sung a wide variety of operatic, oratorio and Broadway repertoire to critical acclaim, including “Nunsense” with the national touring company, and roles with Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera New England, and Raylynmoor Opera.

The piano accompaniment will be provided by Timothy Steele, an active vocal coach, pianist and conductor who is currently in his 21st year on the opera faculty at New England Conservatory. He has served as assistant conductor/pianist for more than 120 productions with 22 companies, including Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera, and Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He assisted Opera Boston with the Pulitzer Prize winning opera “Madame White Snake.”

The first half of the concert will feature the return of acclaimed guitarist John Muratore, a Music on Norway Pond favorite, playing selections from his newly released CD “Favoritas.”

The concert will be an hour in length. Tickets are $15 and available at the door or in advance online at musiconnorwaypond.org.

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