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'Bon Apetit!': An Operatic Take On Julia Child's Cooking

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Des Moines Metro Opera
Poster for "Bon Apetit!"

Julia Child is famed for her ground-breaking cooking show that brought French cuisine to everyday Americans in an accessible and approachable way. Now, Child's legacy is the subject of a short "Opera 'Bon Appetit,'" produced in partnership with  Des Moines Metro Opera and the Iowa Culinary Institute at Des Moines Area Community College.

In this Talk of Iowa interview, host Charity Nebbe talks with Joyce Castle, who is taking on the role of Julia Child, and Michael Egel, artistic director of the Des Moines Metro Opera, about the challenges that come with doing a culinary-themed opera and what they hope audiences take away from the performance. 

The 20-minute performance is a part of the Des Moines Metro Opera's "second stage series," an off-mainstage series of collaborative works.

Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa