Food and opera pairing

Cape Town Opera’s artistic director Magdalene Minnaar with Chef Mike Bassett from The Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. PICTURE: Annène van Eeden

Cape Town Opera, in collaboration with The Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, will host four performances entitled Bon Appétit! from Thursday March 31 to Sunday April 3.

Award-winning chefs Mike Bassett and Evan Coosner have curated a five-course dinner where dishes will pair with iconic opera songs with a food focus. “When we decided to present a selection of food-themed operatic works,” said Chef Mike, “I looked to the chosen pieces for menu inspiration. In Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine, you have recipes for plum pudding, oxtail and a fast-cooked rabbit stew, among others. Then you’ve got Bach’s Coffee Cantata, Bizet’s Omelette Quartet, Weill’s Ice Cream Sextet and Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!

The cast of six, performing right in front of the “show kitchen” that will be used as the stage area, includes Janelle Visagie (Soprano), Ané Pretorius (Soprano), Jodie Khan (Soprano), Siphesihle Mdena (Tenor), Van Wyk Venter (Baritone) and Garth Delport (Bass).

Seating is limited due to Covid restrictions. Tickets cost R950 a person. Book through Quicket.