If you wanted to build a truly accurate picture of the collective mind of opera fandom, I think the thing to do would be to aggregate all google searches that lead people to various opera blogs. And then we would make a giant wordle out of the results and after that we would probably regret that wordle for the rest of our lives, because the biggest words on it would be “breasts” and “calixto bieito.”
At any rate, I have noticed that the google searches that bring people here tend to fall into fairly well-defined categories.
First, the straightforward:
The setup the aches for its missing punchline:
The person who knows exactly what he/she wants:
The question that evokes a sort of 3 a.m. state of opium-induced paranoia:
Drunk people googling Claus Guth:
And, finally, people who may or may not be looking for The Charterhouse of Parma fanfic: