Many people think opera is a very elite form of entertainment for which only certain people can acquire a taste. On the contrary, opera is an art form that deals with basic human emotions and events that everyone can relate to and enjoy. Listed below are several common misconceptions about opera that keep people from experiencing its thrilling and addicting nature.
False. With running English supertitles projected on a screen above the stage, you won't miss a word of what those glorious voices are singing. And believe it or not, sometimes operas are sung in English, but you can still rely on the supertitles to guide you along in case you miss a word.
False. If you can afford other forms of live entertainment, you can afford opera. Virginia Opera ticket prices start at only $25 for most, and students get an even better deal!
False. Opera is for everyone! Characters of all ages are present in many operas, and many of today's operas are set to more recent historical events or modern times. Operas are full of the same things that keep you glued to your television or racing to a blockbuster movie - love, sex, jealously, violence, suspense, family drama, etc. Add the most breathtaking music ever written, heart-stopping voices, and a 50-instrument symphony orchestra, and nothing can compete with the magnitude of live entertainment!
Even college students are catching the opera bug! "I would not be in college at all if not for your program. I have chosen to be a Music Ed. major because of what I've seen you do," said John, a college student in Northern Virginia.
False. Chances are that if you've ever watched cartoons, listened to the radio, or watched TV commercials, movies or sports, you're familiar with opera. As a matter of fact, if you were to see an opera, you may be surprised to recognize one, if not more, of the melodies you hear. But don't take our word for it – just check out one of our upcoming performances.
False. As with any group of art lovers, there are those who can seem intimidating due to the knowledge they posses regarding their favored art form, combined with the great interest they take in it. However, the truth of the matter is that opera wasn't written to provide entertainment to the "social elite." The greatest opera composers wrote their shows as entertainment for the masses, long before movie theatres were ever dreamed up. Opera is for everyone!
False. For the most part, performances are not much longer than a blockbuster movie. Opera performances also include one to three intermissions approximately 15 minutes in length. This gives you time to get up, stretch your legs, and chat with friends.