A Letter to The Confused

Here is a very good blog post about what’s opera and what’s not opera! It’s so good I hereby reblog it to you all! So now let’s see if this reblog thing on WordPress works …

Opera Teen

Dear Confused,

The Phantom of the Opera is not an opera.

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical. In fact, it could be one of the greatest musicals of the last century.

That being said, it is still not an opera.

Now don’t get me wrong. It’s hard enough to find another opera buff to engage in musically inspired conversation with at any given time, and we appreciate your efforts to connect with actual opera watching audiences.

Now that being said, Phantom is inspired by an opera house, has elements of an opera, and for a musical, draws a striking parallel in many aspects to real opera itself, it is still not an opera. You are not alone in your confusion. The minute someone switches from chest voice to head voice, it automatically becomes “opera” to members of the uninformed public.

Even in the classical music world this is…

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