Elmer and Bugs Bunny are everything that opera today is not. They're irreverent, funny and raucous. As wildly different as they may seem from the modern-day idea of opera, Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny might actually be more true to opera's origins than anything seen in opera houses today, whether you're an opera-goer in Boston or Milan.
Therein may lie opera's salvation, according to Harvard music professor Carolyn Abbate.
- Carolyn Abbate, music professor at Harvard University and co-author of "A History of Opera"
This segment aired on January 2, 2013.