Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bel Canto Restuarants ... did you know about them?

There are a couple Bel Canto restaurants in Paris (at Neuilly-sur-Seine and on the Quai de l'Hôtel de Ville) and now there is one in the City of London. The brainchild of Jean-Paul Maurel, these glorious conceptions allow diners to be entertained every night by student opera-singers who, rather than working as waiters elsewhere, sing extracts from operas while serving your supper. The singers can practise challenging arias while earning a decent wage (£12.00 per hour), double the normal rate.

Entering the restaurant is like entering a theatre. There are costumes from the Opéra National de Paris and the elevator’s interior has on each of its three walls a mock up of the Gran Teatru La Fenice interior. Once down stairs the dining area is separated from the entrance by a red curtain: all aptly theatrical. This is a performance, not just a dinner!

Carleen mentioned that she performed in the London Bel Canto and I was curious.

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