Aria Having Fun?

“Opera seems very conservative and traditional, but it’s not,” says Opera on Tap’s Eve Orenstein. “Opera’s not stuffy at all. It’s kind of fun and naughty.”

The monthly series, which just moved from the now-defunct Bender’s Tavern to the Bar, is a raucous night of opera singers performing songs centered around a theme. This month’s Let Them Eat Cake! will examine revolution and aristocracy through arias from some of Denver’s finest performers.

Orenstein promises that the evening will be funny and lively and will hark back to opera’s original purpose as a rebellious and often controversial medium. “Opera was a subversive art form in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries,” she explains. “It was not the right thing to poke fun at the aristocracy, because they were also the patrons.” But opera singers did anyway, and they’ll do it again tonight while audiences listen with drinks in hand.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Bar, 554 South Broadway; a second performance takes place November 13 at Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, 2027 13th Street in Boulder. Tickets for both are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For more information, go
Fri., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2012