Classical Music

Opera on Tap Has Gone Nomadic Since Syntax Physic Opera Closed

Opera on Tap is back.
Opera on Tap is back. Ryan Harvey / Flickr
When Jonathan Bitz's beloved Syntax Physic Opera shuttered its doors and new California owner Paula Vrakas came in to create Roxy on Broadway, more than a few musicians and programs that had made their home at the venue found themselves scrambling for new digs.

One of those was the booze-soaked classical music series Opera on Tap, which couldn't find a workable time at Roxy on Broadway.

"Finding a new venue is kind of a big deal, and we are all in this together," the group wrote in July. "We want to end up in a place that is great to sing in, but that also makes you happy to come hear opera at and spend time with us."

While searching for a full-time spot, the organizers have gone nomadic, belting out their tunes at venues across the city. They sang at Zeppelin Station earlier in the summer, and now they're on a tour of various bars around town.


Starting this month, Opera on Tap will launch again at Hot Fun in the Summertime at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 24, at Rory's Tavern, 404 Broadway. The group has planned two September dates, one at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at the Goosetown Tavern, 3442 East Colfax Avenue, and another at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at the Black Buzzard at Oskar Blues, 1624 Market Street, Level B.

Other former Syntax projects, like the Best of Denver award-winning Syntax Open Mic, have decided to continue their legacy at Roxy on Broadway, even through the transition. That open mic takes place every Tuesday at 7 p.m. 
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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