Ten difficulties with the Opera for those who are beginners

Usually we hear people say, about the Opera, that "one hates it" or "one loves it", but it is not exactly so, or rather, not really. Approaching the Opera, if you are a beginner and you have no one who can help, it is a path that can be really difficult, but with some small tips, which we will explain in another article, you can overcome the wall that separates you from this ancient but always present art. Here are the 10 most common difficulties encountered when dealing with the Opera:

1. The way it is seen.
The Opera is perceived as a world too far from the contemporary one, followed by a few loyalists who do not want to let go of their love for the antiquity.

2. The public.
The Opera public also influences the perception of this world. Today's young people, in fact, associate the Opera with arrogant lords and old snobby ladies with furs.

3. How it is promoted.
Even the promotion of the theater season is usually consistent with the two previous points. Advertising posters around the city made ad hoc for those who already know the Opera.

4. Its origins.
The Opera was born in the seventeenth century and, for non-enthusiasts, remained there. Also in this case, as in the previous ones, there is nothing more incorrect.

5. Foreign languages.
The Opera is sung in the original language and, obviously, at first this can create problems for those who do not know or understand that particular idiom.

6. The setting.
The historical context in which the Opera was created by its composer has an important influence on its setting and this, in the 21st century, seems to inhibit new spectators.

7. The singing.
One of the criticisms that we often hear is about the song itself, because "it is not clear what the artists are singing".

8. Theater.
The theater, for those who don't frequent it often, is seen as an old-fashioned location, from another time that is now over.

9. The ticket price.
The cost of tickets, especially for those under 35 and over 60, is prohibitive because no one would spend that amount of money "with their eyes closed".

10. Fear.
Last but not the least, is the most classic of the problems: fear. Because having the blind conviction that something we don't like on principle, even if we don't know it, is only and solely the result of fear. The fear of not knowing how to approach something, the fear of not understanding it and above all, given that the Opera is pure emotion, that of getting involved.

The Opera has always had to fight against ferocious prejudices and commonplaces and those listed above are the most common examples we encounter when we talk about this world. Obviously, this is only a point of view that very often is undermined by the very spectators who are "guided", thanks to new realities, to the discovery of the Opera by a different approach, helping them to live the Opera not from outside, but from inside.
Because basically, and we will discover it together in the other articles, the Opera is life and you already love it even if you don't know it yet.

One of the next articles: 10 tricks to learn about and appreciate the Opera… stay tuned!

Original article by Martina Corona

Translated by Dario Medaglia