Operas aren’t as popular as Hollywood films, at least in the United States, which is why there’s no surprise an average American usually gets it wrong. This art form is as old as time, but, for a country that doesn’t have it engraved in its culture compared to European nations, it’s quite inevitable for silly misconceptions to crop up to this day.
Whether you’re planning to catch an opera soon, or just curious about it, here are 5 popular myths that are dying to be put to bed:
All Singers Are Plus-Sized
Stereotyping at its finest. This is a giant fallacy all non-opera-fanatic Americans should erase in their heads. Of course, nobody is too skinny to perform in a production. Opera stars come in all sizes and shapes; in fact, many soprano singers are beautiful and talented.
Non-English Speakers Won’t Understand a Thing
You don’t need to learn Italian, French, or German just to follow what is being sung—at least not anymore. The mid-‘80s saw the invention of supertitles, which paved the way for audiences (who don’t speak and understand a foreign language) to enjoy operas performed not in English.
Opera Is Just for the Elite
This one holds true many years ago, but not anymore in this day and age. Gone are the days that you had to dress to the nines because it’s no longer exclusive for the elite. As a matter of fact, opera ticket prices even cost less than a sporting event in many cases.
A Performance Will Put You to Sleep
This only stays a fact till you’ve seen an opera yourself. Any good performance has never failed to dazzle the audience. An operatic production offers an ultimate sensory experience that could electrify people of all ages.
Of all the opera myths you should stop believing, the biggest one might be it’s not worth your while. You just have to take a chance on it to invalidate everything you thought about this one-of-a-kind form of art.