Opera On Tap

“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 for Country Roads Magazine, Author, Journalist, Critic, Teacher

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

Now in its 12th season, Opera on Tap – New Orleans is attracting people from around the world. Performances take place most Wednesdays rotating between The Rusty Nail, The Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter and on the Northshore at The Abita Brew Pub.


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. 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 events in our metro area have had many benefits for the New Orleans Opera:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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

This short documentary explores this innovative program and was created by UNO film student Rebecca Bertrand in our fourth season.

Opera On Tap

Wed. 9/5/18 at 7pm – 4PS

Wed. 9/12/18 at 7pm – ABP

Wed. 9/19/18 at 6pm – RN



Wed. 10/10/18 at 7pm – ABP

Wed. 10/17/18 at 7pm – 4PS

Wed. 10/24/18 at 6pm – RN



Wed. 11/21/18 at 7Pm – 4PS

Wed. 12/19/18 at 7pm – 4PS



Wed. 1/16/19 at 7pm – 4PS

Wed. 1/23/19 at 7pm – ABP

Wed. 1/30/19 at 6pm – RN



Wed. 2/20/19 at 7pm – 4PS



Wed. 3/13/19 at 7pm – ABP

Wed. 3/20/19 at 7pm – 4PS

Wed. 3/27/19 at 6pm – RN



Wed. 4/3/19 at 7pm – 4PS

Wed. 4/10/19 at 7pm – ABP

Wed. 4/17/19 at 6pm – RN



Wed. 5/15/19 at 7pm – 4PS


ABP = Abita Brew Pub

4PS = Four Points Sheraton

RN = Rusty Nail