Over at NRO, John Derbyshire reminds us that "If you want to know why we're all so nuts about Anna Netrebko, here are several answers, all neatly packaged in one video clip."
(And here I thought it might be a clip of her with her guns. For those of you who think you don't like opera, that wasn't so hard to watch, was it?)
Seriously, there can't be any doubt that, 35 or 40 years ago, Anna Netrebko would have been a regular on Ed Sullivan's show. And it is that loss of opera in the mainstream culture that leaves a great void. Tomorrow, I'll have something more to say about what's left of pop culture.