Singers with the Seattle chapter of Opera on Tap will perform April 16 at The Blue Moon tavern in Seattle.

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So you think you’d like to hear an opera, but you don’t know which one. Or you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a ticket. Or you’re afraid the audience will suck all the fun out of the experience.

What if singers came to a Seattle watering hole like the Blue Moon? Bet you’d go then. And you’d have fun, too.

That’s the thinking behind Opera on Tap, a group founded in New York that now has a Seattle branch. The OOT mission “is to break down the stereotype that opera is a stuffy or elitist art form.”

Opera singers in each branch city (Los Angeles, New Orleans, Boston and Chicago are among the cities that have chapters) bring crowd-pleasing arias from beloved works to crowd-pleasing places: bars and taverns.

The Seattle branch includes singers who have performed with Seattle Opera and with regional companies; the “managing divas” are Erica Row, Megan Chenovick and Ksenia Popova.

They’ve brought opera to The Pink Door, The White Rabbit and Conor Byrne.

And they’re bringing an evening of what they call “vocal bonbons” to the Blue Moon, to help celebrate the tavern’s 78th birthday. Expect selections from “Carmen,” “La Boheme” and “Threepenny Opera” — even some Wagner. Beer and spears, anyone?

8:30 p.m. Monday, Blue Moon, 712 N.E. 45th Ave., Seattle; $5 cover.

Seattle Times staff