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EBarnacle1 Is Opera rubbish? (145* d) RE: Is Opera rubbish? 06 Aug 03

Consider the art in its context. Opera was the urban movie of the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. People would go out and enjoy the music. It was not culcha, it was just music. The appeal was across cultures and across ages. Everyone went. Many of the stories were trite or derivative. That didn't matter. What did matter was the presentation.

There were also plenty of other outlets for the public. Consider that in those non-electrified time, almost everyone was involved with others. There were community bands, theaters, concert groups, etc. Should we return to those simpler times? In some ways, perhaps, but I would not give up my car or medical services or indoor plumbing.

Yes I like much about opera. Quality, however, does vary.

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