The Many Faces of Opera

Overheard at a recent performance (somewhere, sometime, I’m sure):

  • Music lover: “I loved the overture and the arias”
  • Opera buff: “I loved this production”
  • Opera poseur: “I loved the recitative – I can’t stand people who only listen to arias”
  • Opera wannabe poseur: “I love how Puccini sits in the Baroque mainstream”
  • Opera self-deluder: “The acting was superb”
  • Opera bunny: “What’s Placido’s room number?”
  • Opera critic: “Where’s the bar?”

People laughing


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