What Kind of Opera Valentine Are You?

Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko as the tile characters in Romeo et Juliette (2006); Photo: Robert Millard

Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko as the title characters in Romeo et Juliette (2006); Photo: Robert Millard

Opera is all about love. Passionate Love. Unrequited Love. Betrayed Love. Desperate Love. You-name-it love. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to find out what kind of opera valentine you are.

The Storybook Romantic

You’re the kind of person, who appreciates storybook romance, even if it ends in tragedy. For you, it’s all Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart all the time. You can get down with the unrequited romance just as much as you can love the fantastical loves that conquer all.

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Best Opera Next Up at LAO: Madame Butterfly

Other Operas to Check Out: The Magic Flute, La Boheme, Tosca

The Cinema Siren

You live and breathe film and love it when opera productions are inspired by your favorite movies or film eras (or when films use or are inspired by opera). Operatic love is like a good Classic Hollywood film; whether it ends happily or tragically, the love is always spectacular.

The Magic Flute (2014); Photo: Robert Millard

The Magic Flute (2014); Photo: Robert Millard

Best Opera Next Up at LAO: The Magic Flute

Other Operas to Check Out: La Boheme, Macbeth , Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

The Avant-Gardist

You’re addicted to experimental opera that makes you think. You like your operatic love stories to go beyond the traditional and even be underscored by electronic music along the way.

Salome (1986); Photo: Frederick Ohringer

Salome (1986); Photo: Frederick Ohringer

Best Opera Next Up at LAO: Anatomy Theater

Other Operas to Check Out: Akhnaten, Salome, The Source, Thumbprint

The Starstruck

You love opera, but you also love opera stars. Seeing an opera production with a famous singer is like getting to see your favorite celebrity on the red carpet.

Best Opera Next Up at LAO: Macbeth

Other Operas to Check Out: Salome, The Tales of Hoffmann, Tosca

The Hipster

You only listen to operas composed in the 20th or 21st centuries. Puccini is cool, but you connect way more with the musical stylings of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass, and David Lang (and hey, he’s nominated for an Oscar, so hello cool factor).

Anatomy Theater (2016)

Anatomy Theater (2016)

Best Opera Next Up at LAO: Anatomy Theater

Other Operas to Check Out: Akhnaten, The Source, Thumbprint

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