Dallas — The Fort Worth Opera offered its “opera in a bar” event, Opera Shots, at the Foundry in Dallas on Saturday, March 29. It was the second time for the Cowtown organization to hold this event in Dallas, and the second time at this location, a terrific bar with ample outdoor space, sharing the grounds with the restaurant Chicken Scratch.
Since the Fort Worth Opera’s 2014 Festival is just weeks away from opening, many of the performers from the four works that will be presented were there, singing arias and musical theater tunes for a packed audience—the weather was beautiful, after all, and it was a Saturday. Most of the crowd was there for the bar and the outdoors, but hearing opera singers in a casual environment was a bonus. Walking around the crowd, we heard many people say things like “I’ve been to an opera once,” or, even better, “I’ve never been to the opera.”
And that’s what Opera Shots is all about: (re-)introducing an art form to a new audience, in a laid-back setting. Far away from the glamourous halls where opera normally happens. If a few or even one person decides that opera might be worth checking out, then it was win-win.
TheaterJones was on hand to help out with some giveaways and cheer on the singers. In addition to selections from the opera canon, we heard “Ice Cream” from the musical She Loves Me, and Old Man River from Show Boat. The crowd ate it up.
To see more images from the event, click on the slideshow icon at the bottom left of your screen. To learn more about the Fort Worth Opera Festival, which is coming up soon, go here., which is the listing to the first show, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. There's a schedule of the other shows there. And stay with TheaterJones for stories about and reviews of the performances.