Guess What I Saw?
Barbes, deep in Park Slope, Brooklyn, hosts a variety of musical acts each night. I have come out here on the first Friday of every other month for several years to see Opera on Tap. A group of classically trained singers compile a concert of art songs/arias according to a certain theme. Friday's concert focused on songs from the Belle Epoque period, or pieces that matched the same kind of spirit. The singers' enjoyment distinguishes their events. This manifests through costumes (many wore customary berets along with their assumed malaise). The Les Chemins de l'Amour interpreted by Alex Guerrero and the Edith Piaf torch song Je ne regrette rien, sung by Joanie Brittingham, stood out for me. Chris Berg, the group's pianist, served as a solid straight man to the occasional silliness.
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