“Portrait of the artist: Thomas Allen, baritone”

What’s the biggest myth about opera?

There’s a snobbery about opera in the music fraternity: some people regard it as an inferior art form, with the symphony the epitome of what we should be aiming for. The other myth is people thinking it’s not for them. Admittedly, it’s a difficult thing to understand: people shouting, albeit in a very musical way, does seem an odd way to express oneself.“

Der ganze Artikel beim Guardian.