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.”
For immediate release:
Opera On Tap has arrived in Pittsburgh! This international group of musicians and entertainers has been growing across the country with 20 chapters in the US, and the newest one here in Pittsburgh. We are in the process of planning our upcoming events.
We’ll challenge your perception of opera. Ever been to the Met? How about to La Scala? This definitely isn’t that. This is intimate and personal. Never even considered going to the opera because it’s stuffy, boring, unintelligible? This isn’t that either. Let us set your senses on fire. (more…)