Many come to appreciate opera through sheer force of will, gritting their teeth through three-hour shows in languages they don’t understand with plots they can’t follow — waiting desperately, as it were, for the fat lady to sing. There is a better way. Just as you shouldn’t go to the races without an inside line on the ponies (ever tried making sense of a racing form?), you shouldn’t attend opera as an innocent. The easiest, quickest way to get worldly is at... More >>>