Aria ready for this? Opera on Tap Denver celebrates its first anniversary

Opera in a bar: The two go together well, as Opera on Tap demonstrates. The New York-bred monthly pastime has conquered Denver in its first year here, and has done so well it's now spread to Boulder. "We have introduced so many people to opera -- and shown how accessible it really is," says founder Eve Orenstein. "And it's a great opportunity for the local singers who perform with us, too."

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Yes, opera's definitely more accessible when you've had a few, you're wearing jeans and flip-flops, and the opera singers are practically sitting in your lap. Turns out, Opera on Tap is pure, earth-shattering fun, and if you haven't tried it yet, this is a good time to start.

Opera on Tap Denver will celebrate its first anniversary starting at 8 p.m. tonight at its local home, Bender's Tavern; school-themed opera and art songs are on the back-to-school agenda. To get you in the mood for arias, here are some highlights from the first show, one year ago.

Admission is $8 in advance or $10 at the door; for details, visit Opera on Tap online.

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