Do you speak Italian? French? Spanish? Perhaps German? No? Then maybe Opera is not for you. Too much trouble for the english/french/italian/german/spanish audience.
So, english watching german opera, italian trying to understand anything but italian opera (just joking) the problem is language.
Thanks to a friend of mine, I think the whole experience of Opera will become more enjoyable to me. Here's how it goes:
1, If you think you 'may' go to an opera, download the libretto.
2, If you don't go, save it.
3, When you actually do go, read the libretto, get an idea, then buy (or don't buy) the ticket.
4, If you are young and love opera, you can do the standing thing. It's quite fun. Until you love opera and you're 50 or older.
5, Duh, take the libretto. Know the story. Remember it. The stories of any opera are not very difficult. Ever.
6, Enjoy the music and the voices.
7. Don't even try to understand the language
8. Enjoy the music and voices. (yes, it's the same as No. 6, but you weren't really listening.)
9, Go to an opera performance.
10, What is the one musical instrument ALL human beings possess?
11. What songs do you enjoy listening to? Songs you'd like to sing?
12, Sing. Sing. Sing. The best practice for any singer. ' "How do you sing so well?". Sing. All the time.
Just to say, I'll be going to see the Big Apple (just to hear 'Summertime", then go to see Opera in the Park. Try it.