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When is the last time you heard the word “daring” paired with “opera”? How often have you been thrilled by the arias but cringed at the tired plots and ridiculous character turns? If you find yourself on that list, run to Bare Opera. It might not save the medium all on its own, but it’s a damn thrilling start.
“Opera is trying so very hard to be cool again, giving into hackneyed techniques like liquoring up its audience or offering up scantily clad soprani. Bare Opera doesn’t need to try to be cool, because they already know they are cool. The sheer joy they take in performing Rossini’s work is infectious. This cast, crew, and production leave the audience breathless and exhilarated. Opera may be old fashioned—maybe—but Bare Opera knows it’s as relevant today as it was 200 years ago.”
“...a feisty little opera company. If you like young voices, up close and personal, castanetting up a storm, there are pleasures to be had here.”
“Buzz words like ‘alternative’, ‘minimalist’, ‘immersive’, ‘intimate’, and ‘visceral’ can be tossed around as a cover for ‘cheap’ but Bare Opera lives up to its mission so effectively that we would follow them anywhere, even to a walk-up loft, hard by the toxic Gowanus Canal. The audience was far younger than that which we customarily see at the opera.”