Greetings opera lovers,
I am new here and would be very interested in hearing your responses to the following 3 questions.
1) Have you ever met anyone who regards opera as pure music without any regard at all to the words, drama and visuals? In other words someone who adores opera solely for the aesthetic value of the orchestral and vocal sounds? Or to put it another way: someone who is solely interested in exploring the expressive qualities of the vocal and orchestral web.
2) Have you ever met anyone who generally (and I stress the word generally) prefers to experience opera at home via audio recordings as opposed to hearing it live at the opera house?
3) Have you ever seen this type of opera lover shake his head while looking on with total bemusement at other opera lovers, critics and directors who constantly fuss about productions and all stage business?