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While we love an excuse to get dressed up--particularly for a night of opera at the Met--we think it's equally rewarding to take in a performance in the comfort of our favorite jeans.

That's why we love Opera Grows in Brooklyn, an exciting series in DUMBO's Galapagos Art Space that presents the drama of opera in a casual environment.

The program, which launched in March 2009, is a joint production by Opera on Tap, a nonprofit dedicated to making live opera more widely available, and American Opera Projects, a renowned incubator for emerging operatic talent.

This Sunday, Opera Grows in Brooklyn will host a special Ladies' Night, featuring three 30-minute operas written by some of today's brightest female composers.

Patience & Sarah, composed by Paula Kimper, is a story of forbidden love set in conservative 1816-Connecticut. Miranda, by Kamala Sankaram, is a murder-mystery--the audience gets to pinpoint which character is the killer. The whimsical Prairie Dogs, with music by Rachel Peters, tells the tale of a young girl who replaces her parents with a family of stuffed animals.

With tickets on sale for just $15 (and don't worry, men are welcome, too), Opera Grows in Brooklyn is the best musical deal in town. So throw on your jeans, grab a drink and leave the fancy get-ups to the singers.

Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St. (at Water St.) Brooklyn; 718-222-8500 or

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