Agreed Geoff, the forum has lost it's way a little.
It does not seem that there is any shortage of 'views' but very few of these contribute. I wonder why. This is a very respectful forum and the content is largely personal opinion and hopefully new discoveries.
I wonder what would encourage more of those reading this to contribute. I do know that this is a separate topic, but this thread is the context in which it arose.
Discussion of all things opera: Wagner, Verdi, Toscanini, Zeffirelli, prelude, leitmotif, Regietheater, etc.