It’s funny. When I tell people I work in opera, or that I’m going to an opera performance, they do a double take and say, “Wait, sorry…did you just say ‘opera?’” Yup, that’s what I said. Opera.
But why do I like opera? I suppose it’s partially because I studied music and attended classical music and opera performances while growing up.
But it’s more than that.
There’s just something about opera that really speaks to me. The music can be so passionate, clever, complex and fascinating. The voices are often huge and real. The craft and musicianship that goes into an excellent performance is unbelievable.
So, for me, it’s the music. No, wait – it’s the voices themselves. Oh, but then again, the stories can be touching, timeless and intense. And I can’t forget to mention the draw of the art’s history, language, sets and costumes and the singers’ acting.
OK. I think the next time someone asks me what I love about opera, I’ll just say: “Everything.”