In October 2007, New Orleans partnered with Opera on Tap in New York City to create the first Opera on Tap franchise in a city so rich with musical talent and history, it seemed only fitting that the next one would be here. The organization is now hosting their 7th season in the city, and it continues to grow each year.
The New Orleans Chapter of Opera on Tap features some of the finest vocal talent in the city, who perform 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more. The singers pack the venues they perform in—including The Rusty Nail, their home base—with opera and music lovers of all ages, often with a drink in hand to add to the special occasion.
The music may seem a stark contrast to the typical bar setting, but that’s one aspect that makes these shows so interesting and unique. The crowds get just as into the music and applause as they would any other live music show in the city, perhaps except for the more reverential quiet during the actual performance which is sometimes on a mic and sometimes not.
One unique venue for Opera on Tap is one that brings opera back to its foundation in the French Quarter. The Four Points by Sheraton in the French Quarter is situated on the hallowed grounds of the French Opera House, which was a hotbed of New Orleans creole society for 60 years until it was consumed in a fire in 1919.
The other venue for this season’s schedule is the Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs on the Northshore. This makes the music more accessible to those on the other side of the lake who’d like to enjoy a couple of brews while listening to this fine music that is unique to the typical bar-music scene. Buy tickets on the Opera on Tap website.
Below is the schedule for Opera on Tap’s 2013-2014 season:
The Abita Brew Pub
72011 Holly St., Abita Springs
When: 7 p.m., Sept. 18, Oct. 23, Jan. 8, and March 12.
Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter
541 Bourbon St.
When: 7 p.m., Sept. 25, Oct. 30, Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 29, Feb. 19, March 19, April 30, May 21
The Rusty Nail
1100 Constance St.
When: 6 p.m., Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Feb. 5, and March 26.