Episode 44: Opera on Tap, Anne Hiatt and Sara Noble

Opera on Tap has been a trail-blazer, producing opera in non-traditional venues for non-traditional audiences since 2005. Now with twenty-two chapters throughout the United States and Europe, founder Anne Hiatt and Executive Producing Diva Sara Noble join us to discuss what it took to bring this innovative company to life.

We chat about the virtual reality opera they are currently producing, their Playground Opera project, and their experiences balancing their personal lives while running an opera company. Also, Sara tells us about her time at the Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors and Administrators at The Dallas Opera.


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  • The Exterminating Angel
    • Thomas Ades, composer/conductor
    • Luis Bunuel, filmaker
    • Audrey Luna, coloratura soprano
  • The Mother of Us All
    • Virgil Thomson, composer
    • Gertrude Stein, librettist
    • R.B. Schlatter, director
    • Hudson Hall (Hudson Opera House)
      • Michaela Martin played Susan B. Anthony
        • also played Mrs. Klinghoffer
        • The Death of Klinghoffer
  • Jeremy Gill, composer
    • “Ladies’ Voices”, a short play by Gertrude Stein
  • Harry Clarke
    • David Cale, playwright
    • Alan C. Edwards, lighting designer
    • Vineyard Theater
    • Billy Crudup, actor
      • also in Alien Covenant & Justice League
  • Stranger Things, Get Out, It Follows

Opera On Tap

  • Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope, birth place of the company
  • Smashed: The Carrie Nation Story
    • James Barry, composer
    • Timothy Braun, librettist
    • Joseph Flaxman, played the character of God
  • The Playground Opera
    • The Magic Flute
    • La Cenerentola
    • The Elixir of Love
      • Krista Wozniak
  • 22 chapters of Opera On Tap nationally, and worldwide
    • Carol Rausch, New Orleans Opera
    • Hamburg & Berlin newest chapters
    • The World Famous Drunkestra, Colorado chapter
    • OperaGram, Boston chapter
    • Les Contes d’Hoffman, Berlin chapter
  • Dirty, Sexy, Jazzy – holiday concert, New York chapter

The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors and Administrators

  • Dallas Opera
    • Carrie Ellen Adamian, Marketing Director
    • Gae Whitener, Development Director
    • Suzanne Calvin, Media & PR Director
    • Nicole Paiement, Principal Guest Conductor
      • founder of Opera Paralelle
    • Annie Burridge, General Director of Austin Opera
      • formerly Managing Director at Opera Philadelphia
    • Francesca Zambello, Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass Festival
  • Opera America Leadership Intensive
    • Marc Scorca, President/CEO

Looking forward to:

  • Sara
  • Peter
    • Verdi’s Requiem
      • Metropolitan Opera
      • James Levine, conductor
      • Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone
  • Rock’n’Roll Christmas Concert
  • Women Rising
  • Sara
    • Thais
      • Metropolitan Opera
  • Anne
    • St. Vincent
  • Chuck
    • The Band’s Visit
      • Itamar Moses, book writer
      • David Yazbek, music & lyrics
      • David Cromer, director
    • Farinelli and the King
      • Mark Rylance
      • Iestyn Davies
      • Clare Van Kampen
    • Justin Vivian Bond

Credits: Peter Szep, Brooke Larimer, Walker Lewis, Chuck Sachs, Ben Young (Audio Engineer), Peter Szep (Editor)

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