“Bon Appétit!” and “A Water Bird Talk”

Nov. 4-13

Basile Opera Centre

No sooner did Indiana Repertory Theatre finish its now-annual Going Solo festival of one-person plays than along comes a pair of one-person operas. These, though, come courtesy of the Indianapolis Opera, which is using the new Basile Opera Centre to offer alternative operas that would be overwhelmed by its usual stage at Clowes Hall.

 The first of the pair—and likely to be the double bill’s prime drawing card—is “Bon Appetit!” adapted by Lee Hoiby from an episode of Julia Child’s TV cooking show. The latter, Dominick Argento’s “A Water Bird Talk,” concerns a lecture to a ladies club that doesn’t go as expected. Details here.

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