We created The Opera 101 to provide guides to various operas, composers and opera houses to enrich your experience of going to the opera. In practice, the best way to get started is to go see an opera! We know that can be intimidating, so check out this brief article with some reassuring answers to the most common questions (such as do you have to get dressed up).
Once you’ve seen a few operas, the experience can be enhanced by knowing a bit more about the context surrounding them, especially as so many were written in very different historical and global environments than we witness them in today. Opera’s for everyone, and we hope you’ll find exploring the stories and the stories behind the stories as fun as we do!
Don't know your coloratura from your vibrato? What's this Baroque lark anyway? Our opera ABCs will set you straight!
Heading to an opera? Get fun facts, synopses, explanations, running times and so much more in our operas section.
Who writes operas? Start with our timeline of great composers and then dive into our detailed guides to Puccini and Verdi.
There's nothing like seeing, hearing and experiencing opera live. Learn about how and where you can do so.