Did you one day hear a recording and think mein gott i like that i must find what that was and see if there is more like it.
My early experience of listenng to opera was some Gilbert and Sullivan of
cause sung in English on tv.That turned me of the idea of opera for the next 20 years.Then one day i played an old 45 of Carlo Bengonzi singing Puccini`s
Che Gilda Manina aria from `La Boheme`.
I was hooked.Then it was down to the local libary to borrow the
Tebaldi/Begonzi/Decca and Callas/Di Stefano/Emi offerings.
A golden age of singers for us,never to be repeated