In my opinion - and I know not everyone agrees - opera is:
- Mediocre music
- Melodramatic plots
- Amateurishly hammy acting
- A forced and unpleasant singing style
- Ridiculously over-supported by public funds
Finally there are the composers. Yes, some great composers (Purcell and Beethoven, for instance) did venture into opera, but that was just as a sideline. The real, dedicated opera composers (Rossini, Verdi and Wagner to name but three) are, without exception, second rate. Don't get me wrong. They can pump out a good tune. But they are the exact parallel of an Andrew Lloyd Webber, and should be treated as such. They aren't in the same league as Byrd or Bach, for instance.
So there you have it. Opera. Badly sung, dated musicals pickled in very expensive aspic. What's not to like?
Please note - I know some people who sing opera or have operatic training and they are lovely people. It's not the people (with the exception of the more outrageous opera stars), it's the opera itself, and the way it is reverentially treated.