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Countdown To El Somni, The Roca's Culinary Opera

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Countdown To El Somni, The Roca's Culinary Opera
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After more than a year of crafting the world's first edible opera, El Somni  - created by The Roca Brothers - will debut tonight in Barcelona before moving on to other locations around the globe.  

Although the guest list is a guarded secret, Gastroeconomy reports that seven men and five women will partake in this groundbreaking gastronomic experience. The 12 participants are ''an HIV researcher, a cook, an anthropologist, an actress, a theoretical physicist, a poet, an artist, a film director, a research biologist, a conductor, a food writer and a robotics researcher.''

The gastro-opera is the work of Joan, Josep and Jordi Roca from El Celler de Can Roca, the number one restaurant in The World's 50 Best Restaurants list sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna

The excitement has been felt all weekend as The Roca Brothers updated their Twitter accounts with pictures and information about rehearsals. Just this morning they posted the full wine list for the 12-course opera and announced they are ready for showtime.

The brothers collaborated with a number of visual artists including Franc Aleu to produce this multi-sensorial dining experience. Aleu and illustrator Peret designed Barcelona cards, a set of flash cards that will be used throughout the opera to enhance creativity.

So far, El Somni sounds like a truly out-of-this-world experience. Here is how it the 12 acts will be divided, each with its own sound effects, music and imagery:

Prelude - Water nymph

Vegetable soup at low temperature, sprouts, flowers and light

The dream begins



Foams frost Indian figue 


Elecric eel

Under the sea

Shrimps, plankton, and anemones, sea urchins, cockles, seawater, crustaceans

Garden of the Hesperides


The courtship

Ying yang Palo Cortado oysters with garlic and white all black

The carnality

Pueblano pigeon breast wth mole, grilled strawberries and roses


Golden apple


Royal hare roial with blood orange and beet


Parmentier potatoes with purple bone marrow and caviar, purple flowers and incense smoke


Dessert mass mother, mother dough ice cream


Sweet spring


WATCH: El Somni Trailer, in case you missed it

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