James Wolcott expresses trepidation in his post, Stirrings
, that recent events may descend to the level of [gasp] OPERA!
If you are not familiar with opera, I would offer two guides: Madeleine Kane's Guide For The Opera Impaired
for a quick overview, and the novel Maskerade
by Terry Pratchett for a more complete oversight of this insidious form of insanity.
I had a neighbor who fell down this rabbit hole and she started naming cats "Mimi" and "Lucia di Lammermoor", although in the later case it was quite appropriate as "Lucia" was rather mad and did have a piercing voice.
I admit that while studying Teutonic mythology I sat through the entire Ring
cycle that was broadcast on PBS. I can see why Hitler used it for propaganda purposes. I used a recording of it to convince a neighbor to turn down his 90 decibel, 24/7, country music assault.
No, there must limits, even in culture wars, and opera should not even be under consideration.