Known as Opera on Tap on the Road, the group has performed at the French Quarter Festival, on the Steamboat Natchez, and at private parties. In October 2008 the singers performed at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Pottle Auditorium as part of the Fanfare Festival. For more information, call Carol Rausch at 504-529-2278, ex. 222 or e-mail email@example.com.
“We have found that the “Opera on Tap” concerts in our metro area have had many benefits for the New Orleans Opera:
First, they are a great way to demystify opera. One of our biggest OOT fans told us that, until she attended one of these events, she considered opera socially, intellectually and financially unavailable to her. Then she had the chance to hear our singers bringing liveopera to the Rusty Nail and got to sit on a bar stool and chat with our General/Artistic Director over a beer. She ended up being a subscriber! And our concerts are attracting a wide age range, with patrons from 19 to 90, from students to Uptown matrons.
Secondly, even in a city that has a tradition (stemming from French Creole society) of opera going dating back to 1796, there are many people who don’t know our company even exists and annually presents four main stage operas. The OOT concerts are a fun, casual way to promote each of our upcoming productions, as well as to raise awareness about the art form in general.
Thirdly, our population has shifted a great deal post-Katrina, with many more citizens living in suburbs on the Northshore (of Lake Pontchartrain) in St. Tammany Parish. While we are as yet unable to take a full scale production to a venue in the cities of Covington, Mandeville or Slidell, during the 2009-2010 season we were able to add OOT concerts at the popular Abita Brew Pub in Abita Springs. Northshore residents are excited to have opera come to them!
Finally, OOT concerts are a great way to showcase the talents of voice students at area universities, of members of the New OrleansOpera Chorus and of locally based professional singers seeking a performance outlet. They’re fun for the audience, but just as fun for the performers!”
Carol Rausch, Chorus Master, Music Administrator