This letter has gone viral PLEASE take the trouble to read it in full, because it's the most succint rebuttal ever of the myth that opera is "elitist". Artistically elitist, maybe, but not socially elitist per se. Significantly, the programme the writer (Alexander Robinson) is referring to wasn't on BBC Radio 3 but on a lesser channel. But why did the BBC let a superstar like Thomas Hampson get mauled in this way ? Really nasty PR somewhere down the line. Fortunately Hampson's exceptionally articulate and intelligent and can fend off trolls.here's a link to the original interview. But don't forget ! read the Open Letter to the BBC !