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In this page, common opera rumors and classical music myths made by those who don't understand or like opera will be shattered. I hope you enjoy!
Myth #1:"All opera singers do is screech at the top of their voices so loudly that it breaks glass."

Actually, although many opera-haters believe this, this isn't true at all. Opera singers (unlike many rock singers) actually sing on pitch, and sing beautifully. Opera singing is naturally loud, but definitely not loud enough to "break glass." They also don't need to sing with microphones in their faces (unless they are singing to a HUGE crowd-for instance, an opera singer singing to a very large audience all around a gigantic lake will need a microphone), unlike today's pop and rock singers, meaning they pretty much never lip sync or have their voices run through computers and made louder and more on pitch.

Myth #2:"All opera singers are big and fat."

I (Brunnhilde, the one who wrote this section of the page) once read a story on the news where someone (who was an opera singer, of course) had conversations with other people, and when it was revealed that she was an opera singer, 9 out of 10 times the other person would say something like "Shouldn't you be fatter?? You can't be an opera singer-you're way too skinny." Well, that ticked me off somewhat. I have seen TONS of operas, and only occasionally is someone fat-in other words, the rumor that all opera singers are fat is just plain untrue. It's not just some little stereotype-it's pretty much a lie.

Myth #3:"Why the heck should I care about opera, and what does it have to do with me?! It isn't relevant, and it's going to just die and fade away because it isn't popular."

Actually, it is quite relevant. It's about some of the things we go through in our lives-life, love, death, difficult choices, friendship, and more. Operas are stories, like our lives. Also, it's been around for many centuries, and it's much more popular than it seems-ask your music teacher or instructor, or simply anyone around your town to see if there are any opera lovers out there. If it's been around for centuries, then it's not going anywhere, and probably going to stay in this world for many centuries to come. Oh, and a fun fact:Every (or at least most) town in Italy has at least one opera house in it.

Myth #4:"All opera singers wear winged helmets."

This isn't true-at least with most opera singers. This myth came from "Die Walkure," (translation:"The Valkyries"), the second opera in Richard Wagner's famous "Ring Cycle." In this opera, some of the characters wear winged helmets. This seemed to somehow become linked to the overall definition of opera, and that formed this rumor. Of course, only characters from "Die Walkure" wear these helmets.

Myth #5:"The Phantom of the Opera is an opera."

Although many think it's true, it's not. The Phantom of the Opera is a broadway musical.

Myth #6:"Classical music is overrated and for old people."

No, it isn't. Think about it: those one hit wonders you hear on the radio will only stay on the radio for a few months, whereas classical music has been around for nearly 5 centuries and still remains popular to this day. You might hear it in a movie or commercial- not the case with most popular songs today. Also, there are quite a bit of young people who do like classical music. For instance, those who play musical instruments.


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