Opera for the Ordinary

Despite popular misconceptions and its aristocratic origins, for part of its history opera was inextricably linked with popular culture – no more so than in the 1920s. 

Geraldine Farrar performs in the title role of the 1915 Hollywood adaptation of George Bizet's Carmen. (Bettman/Getty Images)
Geraldine Farrar performs in the title role of the 1915 Hollywood adaptation of George Bizet's Carmen. (Bettman/Getty Images)

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