This beats singing for your supper – let others do it instead! At Bel Canto, where arias meet the art of gastronomy, you’ll be serenaded by a quartet of opera singers as you dine. The restaurant, only steps from the Seine, offers guests an intimate experience, where all spectators are guaranteed great seats for the evening’s show. Four talented vocalists; a soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone and tenor, perform every 15 minutes or so, sometimes alone, at other times together, but always in perfect harmony.

Making good use of the space, the artists act out their parts quite convincingly, only metres away from an audience that catches every note, every breath and every expression. In the corner, a pianist accompanies them through operatic staples such as “Seguidilla” (from Bizet’s Carmen) or “Questa o quella” (Verdi’s Rigoletto), finishing to hearty applause and cries of “Bravo!

The meal is a beautifully presented three-course affair with diners having several options to choose from. A dainty glass of moscato rounds off the evening as the audience is encouraged to join in on an exuberant rendition of the drinking song “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from Verdi’s La Traviata.

Bel Canto Paris, 72 Quai de l’Hôtel de ville, 75004. Nightly from 7:30 p.m. Tel: + 33 1 42 78 30 18. Dîner lyrique €81.

 

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