Opera seems to be one of the forms of music that people either love or hate. Most of those who do not like opera have never actually attended one. They have heard some of the music in other contexts and made their decision. These people believe that opera is simply large men and women singing in a foreign language. Over the years, many people have come to believe only high class snobs attend the opera. This is a false stereotype.
There are a great many people, rich and poor, who love opera. They may not understand all the lyrics, but the music moves them emotionally. Most programs do have a brief synopsis of the story, and that is all many opera fans need to be able to get into the spirit of the performance. They are passionate about their love of opera, and many go to great lengths to see every opera being performed in their area.