Mark Vanhoenacker of Slate declared classical music dead last week, but DC divas aren’t going down without a fight. The new DC metro chapter of Opera on Tap, a non-profit organization devoted to stomping out the stereotype “opera is stuffy,” will make its premiere on Wednesday, February 5 at the Black Fox Lounge.
“Founding divas” Elise Jablow and Kristina Riegle (who also founded Opera on Tap Boston), a handful of talented DC-based classical singers, and pianist Dana Scott will perform a selection of opera and musical theatre pieces entitled “Love is in the Air” in honor of Valentine’s Day. The concert is co-presented with the Washington National Opera Bravo Club. According to the press release, “concertgoers will have the unique chance to enjoy live opera in a laid-back atmosphere, over food and drink from the kitchen of the Black Fox Lounge.”
Founded nine years ago in New York City, there are currently 14 chapters of Opera on Tap in major cities across the United States, bringing classical music and opera to unexpected spaces like bars and nightclubs, according to the release.
The arts are often deemed an inaccessible and separate part of our culture reserved for “special occasions,” but opera can permeate our daily lives if we let it – true, it’s grand scale and extravagant, but it’s also emotional, often humorous, and always human. Opera on Tap is a great opportunity to explore the arts in your casual clothes – tickets are only $12!
Opera on Tap: “Love is in the Air” featuring Elise Jablow, Kristina Riegle, Melissa Chavez, Ben Pattison, Brody DelBeccaro, and Dana Scott on piano at the The Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009. 9 (Metro: Dupont Circle – Red Line)
Feburary 5, 2014 from 7 – 10pm. (Doors open at 7:00, Concert begins at 8:00)
Tickets: $12 general admission. Advance purchase online
Food and drink available for purchase from the full Black Fox Lounge menu.