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April 4, 2016


A.C. Douglas

"Why do you think pop music is still thought of as music for the masses, while opera has not been able to shake its image as elite music?"

I don't mean to be flip about this but the clear (and obvious) answer to your above question is that compared with the relatively simple and, more often than not, simplistic music of pop, opera music *IS* "elite music" — even the most fluffy of Italian or French fluff — and there's no way of getting around that nor should one want to. Elite anything is always to be honored and cherished (as opposed to "elitist" anything which ought never to be) as a thing of meaningful, positive value both culturally and socially and not as something to be "shake[n]" off.


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