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Opera pops up at NYC garage, dive bar, basketball court

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/24/2017 By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press
In this May 10, 2017 photo provided by Fay Fox, actors perform Mozart's Finta Giardiniera as part of The New York Opera Fest 2017 in New York. The festival's goal is to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out. (Fay Fox/On Site Opera via AP) © The Associated Press In this May 10, 2017 photo provided by Fay Fox, actors perform Mozart's Finta Giardiniera as part of The New York Opera Fest 2017 in New York. The festival's goal is to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out. (Fay Fox/On Site Opera via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Opera has been popping up recently at the most unlikely New York places: a revamped garage, a dive bar, a basketball court and even an old aircraft carrier.

It's part of a festival with an in-your-face goal — to bring this once grandiose art form to ordinary places where people hang out.

The New York Opera Fest 2017 has drawn casual spectators who may never have gone to a plush theater production.

On Saturday, composer Darius Milhaud's (mee-YOH') "The Guilty Mother" will get its U.S. premiere in the onetime garage on Manhattan's West Side.

A Brooklyn basketball court hosted a hip-hop opera called "Bounce" and Bizet's "Carmen" was heard in a neighborhood bar.

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