There are four distinct types of the obsessed attendee:
There’s the hero, who believes he is keeping the opera house open and the art itself alive and vital.
There’s the addict, who is willing to sacrifice his families, friends, lovers, money, and sanity to attend multiple performances of the same opera, to listen to the records and attend lectures and travel to distant theaters.
There’s the nostalgic, for whom everything was better when it was sung by Maria Callas, or Joan Sutherland, or back in 1965, or back when people took pride in knowing about opera.
Then there’s the pilgrim, the devoted subject who treats the opera house as a religious temple.
– The Opera Fanatic: Ethnography of an Obsession by Claudio E. Benzecry