Opera On Tap

altIn October 2007 the Big Easy partnered with the Big Apple, making New Orleans the first official Opera on Tap franchise. Each season, the New Orleans Opera presents the finest young local and regional singers in casual, 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more.

Now in its 7th season, Opera on Tap – New Orleans is attracting people from around the world. The Rusty Nail is the OOT-NO home base.  Opera will be heard once again in the French Quarter at the Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter on the hallowed grounds of the French Opera House, which served as the cultural center of New Orleans Creole society for 60 years until it was lost to fire in 1919. OOT-NO will also head to the Northshore to the Abita Brew Pub.

Our own Carol Rausch, Chorus Master, Music Administrator, Education Director and one of the women who brought Opera on Tap to New Orleans was interviewed by UNO film student Rebecca Bertrand.  This short documentary video explores the innovative program, now in its fourth season.

The Film and Theatre Department of UNO and NolaVie present this weekly series of short films produced by the students in Laszlo Fulop’s documentary class.

Click Here to view the video.

“Seeing the singers congregate and flit around the bar was like having a backstage pass, while the immediacy of the small stage was akin to having season ticket holder seats.”
-Alex V. Cook, author, critic and journalist with Country Roads Magazine

View videos of a performance at The Rusty Nail:

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upcoming opera on tap performances

Join us at these fun FREE nights out.

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter (Formally Inn on Bourbon)
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
541 Bourbon Street | New Orleans, LA 70130

September 25, 2013, October 30, 2013, November 27, 2013, December 18, 2013
January 29, 2014, February 19, 2014, March 19, 2014, April 30, 2014, May 21, 2014

The Rusty Nail
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
1100 Constance Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
October 2, 2013, November 6, 2013, February 5, 2014, March 26, 2014

Abita Brew Pub
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
72011 Holly Street | Abita Springs, LA 70420

***** Abita Brew Pub takes reservations for all Opera on Tap performances.  These fill up quickly so be sure to call ahead!  (985) 892-5837***********
September 18, 2013, October 23, 2013, January 8, 2014, March 12, 2014

Opera on Tap performers are available for hire!

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 crausch@neworleansopera.org.

“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 live opera 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 Orleans Opera 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