I've wanted to go to an Opera for about 3 years now. I didn't grow up hearing the genre, and can't remember when I as first exposed to it either. I do remember reading Madame Butterfly in high school and being fascinated by the relationship, sexual desire, and gender identity, expression, and expectations that were presented in the story. I also noticed the problematic aspects of the story, and how a US reading of a story does influence young people.
I shared this on twitter, that I wanted to see an Opera, and Erika Lopez sent me tons of suggestions. One of the first suggestions she made to me was Ana María Martínez, a Puerto Rican Opera singer. She's a soprano. You can't listen to her and tell me there isn't some kind of sex appeal! If you've never heard of her or have given Opera a try, just listen for four minutes and tell me what you think!