“Opera is less popular in America than in Europe, because we are the only country in the world with the shortsighted hubris to perform them in their original language instead of our own language,” said Stern, an opera singer with a nearly five-octave range who relocated to Murrieta from Northern California four years ago.


I just prefer my opera in its original language. Am I asking too much?


  1. it’s a lot more enjoyable for the audience when they can understand what’s being sung, and they ARE the ones paying the bills….

  2. We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one! I really do prefer operas in their original language!

    (The bill payers are actually the large donors — the ticket price, believe it or not, covers very little. But we do appreciate our audience here in our little opera company. So far they seem to appreciate the operas in the original languages … I don’t believe we get complaints.)