photo by Linda Golden

Photo by Linda Golden

For many people, it’s hard to separate the art of opera from the stereotype of opera. The fancy clothes. The opera glasses. The incomprehensible lyrics. The snooty patrons. The epic lengths. But opera doesn’t have to be like that and frequently isn’t. And the University of Louisville School of Music is bucking that stereotype in a big way.

They’re bringing short, English-language operas to a bar. For free.

“Four on Tap” is a series of four one-act operas at The Bard’s Town. Two operas will be performed in March and two in April.

“We want to make opera accessible,” said Michael Ramach, co-director of opera theater at U of L. “Partnering with The Bard’s Town brings an opportunity for a new audience to see what our students can do and to experience music theater in an unconventional way. People can grab a beer and a snack and watch an opera.”

On March 25 and 26, students will perform “The Stronger” by Hugo Weisgall and “The Old Maid and the Thief” by Gian Carlo Menotti. On April 21 and 22, guests will be treated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Impresario” and “Riders to the Sea” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. While admission is free, there is limited seating and reservations are encouraged. The March 26 show is already sold out. However, if reserved seats are not filled the night of the show, guests will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For reservations, visit The Bard’s Town is located at 1801 Bardstown Road.