I was attracted to opera in the early '90s, when PBS aired the Met's production of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Then I saw the broadcast of The Three Tenors at Caracalla, and was impressed by the whole thing, but especially by Pavarotti's rendition of "Nessun Dorma," from Puccini's, Turandot.
I've never actually been to the opera. The closest opera house is probably hundreds of miles from where I live. The film, Amadeus,
introduced me a little to Mozart, and I have a disc of Frederica von Stade and Kathleen Battle performing, A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert,
which, although not strictly arias, contains some remarkable singing. I have nothing but admiration for the talent and discipline these artists put into their work. Lately I've been drawn toward Korean singer Sumi Jo. I hope you'll post more videos.
Here's Pavarotti singing "Nessun Dorma" in 1998, at a concert in Paris. James Levine is the conductor.