I’ve been an opera fan for a very long time. And I’m sick and tired of people telling me that opera is “lame” or “boring,” when there are dragons and monsters to be seen!
Not very many people I know are also opera fans. A lot of people think of it as stuffy, or else they just don’t know anything about it. Sometimes I even have to reference this cartoon whenever I talk about opera:
Or, regrettably, this one:
This is a real tragedy to me. In college, opera was one of the things I got into as I became more of an adult. It helped me to see beyond my working-class background to what I potentially could be — someone who saw these stories performed all the time. Going to the opera gave me a chance to dress up and be elegant, even when I felt like the poorest girl in the room (not unlike the main character in Pretty Woman). Opera helped me to remember that even when I felt bad about myself, I still had the ability to be a heroine. I just had to keep riding my steed into battle…
But I get so frustrated by how much people misunderstand opera. Sure, there are some genuinely boring opera productions, just like how there some 100% boring plays and 100% boring movies. But a lot of opera companies are working to make a lot of kick-ass opera productions, not least because they want to appeal to younger audiences. Like the two pictures at the top — those are from Siegfried and Die Walküre, respectfully. The guy in the top picture is slaying a dragon, and he’ll later go on to rescue a princess. The ladies riding “horses” down below are four goddesses of the dead — zombie goddesses! — patrolling a battlefield looking for dead heroes to take back to the world of the gods. That’s freaking cool, right???
Anyway, in an attempt to show how cool opera can really be, I’ve assembled the coolest pictures of opera production that I could find. I hope you enjoy them!