I've been trying to expand my musical tastes lately, and I figured I might as well move in to opera. Thing is, I don't seem to get it in the way other people do.
I've seen two or three operas in my life, and have an obsessed friend who sent me some tracks, but I don't get it. It's not that I don't appreciate choral music (Messiah rocks my world) but opera just doesn't work for me. I end up with that really stereotypical teenager reaction of, "Okay, fat people in a stupid story singing really loud. Great."
I saw The Magic Flute, Madam Butterfly and one other thing. Don't really remember because I wasn't really paying much attention...actually, I kinda fell asleep. =/
I appreciate that it's compositionally solid and kinda pretty at times, but I'm seeing myself falling in to that ever-so-tempting trap of thinking everything I don't like is stupid. I always bristle when my agemates describe my music collection as 'boring old guys with stupid violins,' and would like to stay out of that.
So how do I learn to appreciate opera? Stupid, vague question but I can't think of better wording.