Bon Appetite! -The Julia Child Operetta
What happens when you take the actual transcripts from a Julia Child's cooking show and set the whole thing to music by Lee Hoiby, add the talents of one of our area's top vocal talents - Alta Dansler, a vintage studio kitchen and all the ingredients to make Julia's famous Chocolate Gateau throw in Frank Pitts on the piano and you have a recipe for one heck of a good evening.
Audience members will have a three course meal before the show inspired by Julia Child then proceed to the theater space for the performance and followed up with - you guessed it - Chocolate Gateau and a good measure of fun.
Alta (Boover) Dantzler, mezzo-soprano, is praised by audiences and critics for her “perfect comic timing” and “lustrous big voice.” She has appeared at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the New York City Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, and at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center as the Narrator in Peter and the Wolf as well as Mrs. Barnaby in the premiere of a new version of Victor Herbert’s Babes in Toyland. Internationally, she toured Brazil as the alto soloist in a resurrection of the work of Jose Mauricio Nuñes Garcia, and sang with the Choeur Maurice de Sully of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. On the operatic stage, favorite roles include Marcellina in Il Nozze di Figaro, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Katisha in The Mikado, and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. She performs regularly as a concert and oratorio soloist with symphony orchestras across the country in performances including Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s St. John Passion, St. Matthew Passion, Magnificat, Weinachts Oratorio, and Handel’s Messiah. She spent six seasons with the Ohio Light Opera, the only professional company in the United States entirely devoted to the preservation of operetta. With them, she gave well over 400 performances in over 50 separate productions of European and American operetta. She can be heard on many full cast recordings on both the Albany Records and Operetta Archives Labels. In 2021 she released an album on Centaur Records Label entitled Life and Love, which features songs by Robert Schumann and by Sara Carina Graef. In 2022 American Optimism, American Operetta will also be released on Centaur-- this album features her singing operetta favorites along with her husband Drake Dantzler, tenor. She is an Assistant Professor of Voice at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.