Opera for Dummies?
September 28, 2012 9:47 AM Subscribe
I would really love to truly enjoy the magic and beauty of opera, but I'm a complete novice. While I have enjoyed Broadway style musicals since I was a child, opera has escaped me. Are there any books, specific productions or recordings I should read, watch or hear?
posted by BrianJ to media & arts (28 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
The recent PBS broadcast of Wagner's Ring Cycle has sparked my on-again/off-again interest in opera. I've DVR'd them, but when I sat down to watch the first broadcast, I made it through about fifteen minutes before I just gave completely up. Maybe it's the language barrier or the lack of prior knowledge of the subject - I'm not sure.
Any tips or info on truly appreciating this genre would be greatly appreciated. Typically, I have inordinate amounts of patience and tolerance with musicals so I'm flummoxed as to why I can't really get into this.