Opera Cabaret's debut La Boheme packs 'em in.

Opera Cabaret, a new collaborative effort of Opera Columbus and Shadowbox Live, opened last Sunday with a late afternoon-early evening show at Shadowbox' Brewery District location - specifically, on the Bistro stage. (Hopefully, you read all about the background of the production in this story.)

The Beat checked in with Opera Columbus' Peggy Kriha Dye yesterday, and she reported very good things.

"Every seat was taken and people were lining the walls. You could have heard a pin drop during Act IV, and when it was appropriate to laugh, there was plenty of it."

The production was intended to give local singers the opportunity to perform but also was tailored - via a contemporary adaptation of the libertto and the staging in a restaurant/bar atmophere - to place opera in front of new audiences.

"We just didn't know what to expect, and we were taken aback by the enthusiasm for this venture," Dye said, adding that Shadowbox plans to add wait staff for next week's show.

La Boheme will be presented Sundays at 5 p.m. through Nov. 18. For details, go here.