The Beat likes a particular aspect of Opera Columbus' 2012-13 season announcement

Arts organizations are beginning to release their 2012-2012 season schedules, and we note among the information that Opera Columbus will continue next season to bring in quality out-of-town producers (Opera Atelier and New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players) to stage shows that will feature local singers in the chorus.

But we would be remiss not to note the following:

"In addition, Opera Columbus will embark on a new collaboration with Shadowbox Live called Opera Cabaret, an innovative, new program designed to take opera out of a traditional setting and transform it into an immersive, ionteractive, and highly accessible experience in a casual environment. Opera Cabaret is designed to appeal to audiences aged 21-40 and to provide an introduction to opera for those who have no experienc with the art form or who may not be inclined to attend a traditional opera performance in a theatre."

Plus! -- "Admission is free."


The partnership will present La Boheme opening in October of this year.