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Hoiby: Bon Appetit!, This is the Rill Speaking / Hess, Cramer, Wilson, Eastman Opera Theatre Orchestra, et al

> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - This is the rich, buttery brown batter
> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - Now, this a two-pan cake, and it's a very delicate cake
> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - And now the choc'late goes into the egg yolks
> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - And now back to the copper bowl
> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - Now ready to assemble the rest of the batter
> Bon Appetit!, Op. 45 - Now, this is a very delicate cake, so you'll unmold them right on the cake stand
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 1: Well, there goes Walt Robinson, up to the post office (Mother, Willy, Judy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 2: It looks like it's gonna do something (Maybelle, Mother)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 3: Hey, Willy! You hear about Ben? (Tommy, Willy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 4: I wish there'd be a breeze and cool things off some (Judy, Willy, Keith)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 5: Do what your mother tells you (Father, Willy, Mother, Tommy, Judy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 6: Where are you going so fast? (Keith, Allison)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 7: That's lovely. It really is (Peggy, Judy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 8: Tommy! If I whistle once it means I'm comin' up (Willy, Maybelle, Mother)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 9: Are you going to the movie tomorrow night? (Judy, Peggy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 10: Four in the side (Earl, Manny)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 11: You always cut through here, do you? (Keith, Allison)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 12: Willy, are you sleepy? Are you asleep? (Judy, Willy)
> This is the Rill Speaking, Op. 56 - Scene 12: Sextet: And the bedroom will be white, but not a cold white (Judy, Peggy, Willy, Mother, Tommy, Keith, Allison, Father)

Album Summary

>Hoiby, Lee : Bon Appetit!, opera in 1 act
>Hoiby, Lee : This Is the Rill Speaking, opera in 1 act
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Two one-act operas by the incomparable Lee Hoiby: 'Bon Appetit!' was written for Jean Stapleton in her late career with music draped over the words and gestures of Julia Child, the mother-of-all foodies. This is the Rill Speaking, with libretto by Mark Shulgasser, is based on a seminal early work by playwright Lanford Wilson, first produced in 1965. It is of the genre of plotless, multivocal evocations of the 20th century small town. Into this theme Wilson introduced that of the birth of the writer, and his short play observes the seed of creativity. Hoiby's musical setting is water to that seed, bringing forth new branches, leaves and berries.



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Works Details

>Hoiby, Lee : Bon Appétit!, opera in 1 act
  • Performer: Kathryn Cowdrick (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Benton Hess
  • Ensemble: Eastman Opera Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 09/1987

>Hoiby, Lee : This Is the Rill Speaking, opera in 1 act
  • Performers: Jordan Wilson (Voice); Lauren Iezzi (Mezzo Soprano); Kate Hannigan (Voice); Joey Wilgenbusch (Tenor); Julia Cramer (Soprano); Brent Arnold (Bass)
  • Conductor: Benton Hess
  • Ensemble: Eastman Opera Theatre Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern