FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Opera on Tap Colorado is playing your JAM (and making an exciting, top secret announcement) at their annual fundraiser show November 19
Opera greatest hits show + fab silent auction at Enigma Bazaar, November 19, 2022, 6 p.m.

Denver, CO, November 1, 2022 — Hear that? They’re playing your jam! There are so many toe-tapping, hum-along tunes from operas that are just a seamless part of our lives. (Think—“Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit!”) For their annual fundraiser show and silent auction, Opera on Tap Colorado brings you operatic greatest hits, some of the best bops of all time, to stage at Enigma Bazaar in west Denver—all to fundraise for a unique cause. Every dollar raised supports scholarships for local singers and enables Opera on Tap Colorado to produce monthly shows, pop-up events and other innovative operatic experiences in accessible spaces at affordable prices. Tickets are on sale now: $10 at the door, $8 in advance.

“If you’re looking to experience something new and different, this show will surprise you in all the best ways,” says Opera on Tap Co-Manager Margaret Siegrist. “This is our first live fundraiser show since Covid, and you better believe we’re ready to burst out singing (for our supper)!”

The event lineup includes a two-hour bar show, an impressive silent auction and the announcement of an upcoming landmark project. In more than 10 years producing in the Denver area, Opera on Tap Colorado has been widely recognized for creating fresh and innovative performances like the circus arts-studded “Variety Show” in April 2022 or Covid-era TikTok operas project. There is still much more operatic adventure yet to come from this charming troupe of bar-side artists.

Regarding the silent auction, supporters can look forward to an attractive list of items including:

  • Luxe family portrait session with Vita Brevis Fine Art
  • Avalanche memorabilia signed by the Stanley Cup-winning team
  • Artwork by Colorado-born artist and designer Grace Jensen
  • Food and craft beer packages
  • Custom, therapeutic massage package
  • Tickets to see great art
  • Tickets to see fun shows
  • AND MORE
  • Opera on Tap is still accepting contributions to the silent auction, and prospective donors are invited to email colorado@operaontap.com.

Opera Bops takes place at West Denver art bar Enigma Bazaar as part of Opera on Tap’s monthly themed show series. Shows run 6–8 p.m. on third Saturdays of the month (some occasional exceptions).

OPERA BOPS Fundraiser
Show + Silent Auction

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Enigma Bazaar, 4923 W 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80212
Food and beverages available to purchase.
$10 at the door, $8 in advance

Tickets: ​https://opera-on-tap_opera-bops-fundraiser_nov19.eventbrite.com

About Opera on Tap Colorado

Opera on Tap was founded in New York City in 2005 when a few singers, out for a drink in Brooklyn, wondered what it would be like if classical singers could gig at local bars like bands do. Opera on Tap has since grown to boast chapters in cities across the country—including in Colorado! Opera on Tap Colorado brings opera to unexpected places throughout the state, offering audiences exceptional music by outstanding singers and giving professional singers the opportunity to sing regularly in public in a welcoming, supportive atmosphere. While casual and even raucous, Opera on Tap is not an open mic. Monthly shows focus on a loose topical theme, and singers choose music they love that ties in. It’s like an operatic sampler plate! Audiences can expect top notch performers singing music from great operas and musical works—often with a drink in hand. The organization is also a passionate champion of new opera and innovative performances/collaborations of all kinds.

Featured Singers:

Kathleen Allen, Julie Silver Campbell*, Phoenix Gayles, Alexis Haro, Beth Jacobs, Dana Kinney, Ekaterina Kotcherguina, Shannon McAleb, Megan Mellenthien, Elizabeth Mirandi, John Murray, Thomas Poole, Leslie Ratner, Chad Reagan, Jerome Síbulo*, Margaret Siegrist*, Alex Sierra 

*Opera on Tap Co-managers

Pianist: Mallory Bernstein

www.operaontap.com/colorado

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Next show! My Favorite Aria, April 17, 7:30 pm, Ninja Karaoke

Opera on Tap Las Vegas is back! Our April show features all your favorite roster singers performing all their favorite arias. We’re so excited to be performing at a new bar, the amazing Ninja Karaoke. Enjoy delicious drinks and a night of fun with local opera singers. Then hang out with us after for karaoke!

$10 suggested donation at the door, 21+ show

Ninja Karaoke
1009 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Auditions, Auditions, Auditions!

Are you a fabulous, fun singer looking for more performance opportunities? Love singing classical music? Interested in bringing opera to unexpected locations and new audiences? Opera on Tap Las Vegas might be for you!

Opera on Tap Las Vegas is on the hunt for fantastic, talented performers to add to our roster. Roster singers perform in our monthly, themed shows at bars around Las Vegas like the Classic Jewel. Roster singers also have the opportunity to perform in other projects and collaborations with area groups. Additionally, roster singers are eligible to apply for Opera on Tap’s Singer Scholarship program, which funds expenses like audition fees, headshots, coachings, and more!

Auditions will take place on Sunday, February 10 starting at 6:30 pm at Dr. Spencer Baker’s studio. To schedule your audition, please email your headshot and resume to lasvegas@operaontap.com by Friday, February 8.

Audition Requirements:
-3 solo vocal pieces representing 2 languages (arias preferred, but show us what you got!)
-Prepare a short, fun intro for each piece
-Because we primarly perform in bars, we are only hearing singers who are 21+

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to lasvegas@operaontap.com! We can’t wait to hear you.

New Year, Who Dis? 1/17

We’re excited to announce our first show of 2019, on Thursday, January 17, 7:30 pm, at The Classic Jewel.

We all start the new year believing it’s the start of something great for us. And sometimes it is! Other times, not so much. Kick off 2019 with Opera on Tap Las Vegas Roster Singers celebrating successful and not so successful attempts at rebuilding and rebirth. Challenge us at a round of champagne pong and sip on Classic Jewel’s delicious cocktails. See you there! 

$10 at the door
21+ show

Classic Jewel 353 E Bonneville Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

My First Aria 8/20

After a short summer break, WE’RE BACK! This month Opera on Tap Las Vegas Roster singers will share music from the early part of their careers. We all have a soft spot for the first arias we learned, and we can’t wait to performe them for you. Enjoy Classic Jewel’s amazing cocktails and a night of beautiful music!

6:30 mingling, 7 pm show

$10 at the door

21+ show

Opera on Tap Chicago presents: America

Tuesday, July 17th
8pm
The Elbo Room
2871 N Lincoln Ave
$5 cover

 

Join Opera on Tap Chicago as we attempt patriotism during these *trying* times.

Featuring:
Brett Potts, Tenor
Dennis Kalup, Tenor
Kirstin Rower, Soprano
Amanda Runge, Mezzo-Soprano
Sam Attaguile, Mezzo-Soprano
Matt Peckham, Tenor
Marysa Abbas, Mezzo-Soprano
Joshua Louis Smith, Tenor
Amanda Kasem, Soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor
Steve Hobe, Baritone

with Cody Michael Bradley, Piano

Always a Bridesmaid-5/20

We’re excited to bring back one of our most popular shows, Always a Bridesmaid. This month we’re sharing stories of opera characters that never quite get their happy ending. Come dressed in your best/worst bridal party attire for a chance to win fun prizes.

New for this show! Join our singers before the show for mingling and opera themed cocktails.

Mingling-3 pm
Show-4 pm

$10 at the door
21+ show

Classic Jewel
353 E Bonneville Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

April Fools!

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This month, Opera on Tap Las Vegas roster singers are excited to bring you a program of opera favor…APRIL FOOLS! This month our talented roster singers tackle musical theater favorites from classic to contemporary musicals. It’s guaranteed to be a fun evening not to be missed! Sip on Classic Jewel’s amazing cocktails and enjoy the show. We can’t wait to see you!

Classic Jewel
353 E Bonneville Ave, Ste 111, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101

$10 at the door
21+ show

5 reasons to go to the Opera… Tonight

1) You can afford it.

One of the biggest misconceptions most of us have about the opera is that it is expensive.  Honestly, elaborate productions with stunning sets, delicately crafted costumes, imaginative lighting, created by an all star team of creative individuals and performed by musicians who have dedicated their lives to producing the most beautiful sounds possible…  things can get quite pricy on the production end.  Fortunately as an audience member, you can see this all for the price of a couple of cocktails. Become a Boston Lyric Opera PRIMA member for free and get $35 tickets to any and all shows.  Too much for you?  Try one of their free outreach concerts.  Boston Opera CollaborativeOpera Hub, and Opera on Tap also regularly produce shows that are free and open to the public.

2) Support local artists.

That’s right, your ticket prices go to supporting jobs for Bostonians.  In addition to the orchestra and the singers onstage, there are stage managers, production managers, rigging, sound, lighting, costume, technical directors, and each of these departments have sub-categories.  Check out our recent blog post “we live among you.”

3) Unplug.

We all have heard the benefits of powering down for a short time every day, but it is becoming increasingly difficult.  Try turning off your phone for a few hours to tune into epic story lines and beautiful music.   Performing un-amplified, singers and instrumentalists are unplugged as well.

4) Eye Candy.

Think project runway meets Verdi.  As the curtain goes up the audience gasps and bursts into applause.  A team of costume and set designers has been working for months to craft a visual experience to match a sumptuous score. Richard Wagner often used the phrase Gesamtkunstwerk to describe Opera as a synthesis of the arts.

5) The Music

We at Opera on Tap like to call it “High Proof,” and nothing compares to the sound of  a full professional orchestra under the baton of a highly experienced, talented and hard working conductor.  Most of the time Opera on Tap brings the music to your local pub in a piano reduction, where the orchestral score has been ‘reduced’ for one player.  We like to think of ourselves as a gateway to the concert hall.  Whether you are aware of it or not, you have been surrounded by opera music your while life — from childhood cartoons, to airline commercials, to the imitative strains of modern film composers.  It is high time you heard opera up-close and personal in all of its live glory.

(Kathryn McKellar)


 

Bel Canto on the Rocks

We walk among you, and you may not even know it.

We’re next to you at a hockey game screaming at the refs, we’re posting selfies to Instagram and passing you on the running path, we’re swiping you one way or the other on Tinder and fighting you for a place in the checkout line at Ikea.  We’re sitting next to you at the bar pounding a drink.  Or several.  We are Opera Singers.

For some of you this will come as no surprise, but many others have never had the opportunity to stumble across the thriving community of young adult classical performers who lead perfectly normal urban lives but just happen to sing really epic music for a living.  And this is the mission of Opera on Tap: to bring this epic music, sung by these fun and down-to-earth people, to anyone and everyone.  We love opera and it often gets a bad rap.  Myths and misconceptions swirl around the art form, like the notions that it is hoity-toity, uber-expensive, or boring.  Come to an Opera on Tap show and watch these negative connotations melt away.  Sip a cocktail and enjoy a multi-course meal as a baritone serenades you across a restaurant, or swig an IPA at the pub as a soprano throws back a shot of whiskey and gets up in your face for some cabaret-style fun.  We put divas in dive bars and the overwhelming feedback from patrons as they shift from bewilderment to ruddy-faced enjoyment is that, hey, opera’s alright after all.  We see Opera on Tap as a sort of gateway drug to the world of classical music as a whole, and we can’t wait to get you hooked at our next show.

With this blog, we’ll post about awesome upcoming shows and events throughout the greater Boston area.  There will be giveaways, contests, polls and games.  There will be info about our super-talented performers, the rockin’ venues that host our shows, and the booze-makers whose wonderful products help break down the inhibitions of our artists and audience members alike.  There may be cool guest posts or interviews with opera notables.  If we’re bored we’ll likely muse on various topics relevant to classical singers and viewers (and drinkers).  Like, what exactly is “Tessatura,” an obscure Terry Gilliam film or a fancy word for the melting point of chocolate?  Or, why can’t I drink wine before/during auditions?  Or perhaps a discussion of the pros and cons of using a vibrator to massage your vocal chords.

In any event, welcome to “opening night” of Bel Canto on the Rocks, the Opera on Tap blog.  To rework the recognizable misquote about opera, “it ain’t over until we all have a bunch of drinks and sing some mind-blowing music then stumble home.”

 (Kathryn McKellar)

www.operaontap.com/boston
Serving up High Proof Music