Forgive me if such a thread has been posted before--if so, and you've already shared in it, please do link!
I would be quite curious to learn of others' journey/experiences/progression with regard to opera.
I think it is fair to say that opera, in contrast to e.g. the symphony, is not something that everyone just instantly likes--at least in our day and age--even among classical aficionados. Certainly such was the case with me for much of my life, and even now I have friends who poke fun at me for enjoying it. As such, I think it would be beneficial to talk about how you came to love it!
Here are some questions that might help in guiding discussion (though of course feel free to add to or ignore them as needed!):
Was there a time in your life you didn't care for opera at all? Similarly, was there a time when you were "into" classical music, but not opera per se?
How important was/(is) live performance attendance to your appreciation of opera? Was a live performance a catalyst for further exploration?
What specific opera do you first recall loving? What composer "introduced" you to the genre?
Have your tastes within the genre changed over time? In surprising ways?
Do you have friends/a spouse (who is hopefully also your friend ) who shares in your enjoyment of opera?
Are there composers/styles you have yet to explore, are looking forward to exploring, or don't wish to explore?
And, if you've liked opera for some years:
Do you have anything to say to those newly embarking on a similar journey?
I'm looking forward to hearing your responses!