Bon Appetit

2:00PM, Sunday, January 21, 2024
Grosvenor Park Church
407 Cumberland Ave S
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7H 2L3

Based on two episodes from Julia Child’s show “The French Chef”, Bon appétit! was written as a one-act opera, or a “monologue for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble.”

Saskatoon’s own Oli Guselle takes to the stage to bake us a cake as Julia Child, backed by the Saskatoon Symphony’s Wind Quintet and pianist Kerry Agnew.

This concert is presented in partnership with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra.

The Program

Bon Appétit!

Oli Guselle, mezzo-soprano

Kerry Agnew, piano

Saskatoon Symphony Wind Quintet

Aires Tropicales

I. Alborada
II. Son
III. Habanera
IV. Vals Venezolano
V. Dizzyness
VI. Contradanza

Paquito d’Rivera

Bon Appétit! – A Musical Monologue
Composed by Lee Hoiby
Libretto by Julia Child, adapted by Mark Shulgasser
Presented under license from G. Schirmer Inc., copyright owners.

Oli Guselle is a settler born in Saskatoon (Treaty 6) now residing in Toronto (Treaty 13). They just graduated this spring with their Bachelors of Music in vocal performance from the University of Toronto, and though they are a classically trained mezzo, they put no limit on their musical expression and enjoy singing everything from musical theatre to R&B and are currently in 3 punk bands. Recent credits include: Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (SO 2019), Marie Anna von Mozart in Mozart Re-reimagined (SO and SSO 2021), Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sparrow Theatre 2021), and The Hero in The Sinai Sessions concept album (Dandelion Theatre 2022). They are so grateful to be performing among such wonderful colleagues, and would like to thank their family, friends, and the Saskatoon arts community for supporting them on their musical journey thus far.