I have to admit, I consider opera to be highly overrated. Okay, I thought that for a long time, but last year, I saw part of an opera with English subtitles, and I thought, "Oh dear sweet non-existent God, Terry Pratchett was right about opera when he wrote Maskerade!"
Seriously, it's drama blown out of proportion with singing. No wonder they call soap operas soap operas. Because take away the singing and music, and what do you have from both? Much ado about nothing, really.