Y is for youth, Z is for Die Zauberflöte
Listening to third-rate warblers like Andrea Bocelli, the most popular “classical” artist in the world, does not automatically trigger curiosity about truly great singers; if anything, fascination with the bad usually leads to fascination with the worse. That said, just about anything that can be done to induce the public to see The Magic Flute is probably worth the effort, if only because people who come to see a Mozart opera might eventually come back to hear a Mozart opera. Which is the whole point of the exercise.
These are the closing words of Joe Queenan’s A-Z of Classical Music, which has been the featured entry here for quite some time now. I especially like that quote fascination with the bad usually leads to fascination with the worse, but I wonder if he’s been totally fair nonetheless. What say you guys? Anyone out there reading this?