I am asking specifically about the plots or stories of the works (rather than the music).

Example question about an opera:

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    Ask an opera question and see what happens!
    – HDE 226868
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 2:39
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is setting a precedent without connection to any question on the site. Let's not operate in thin air.
    – Helmar
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 21:23
  • @HDE There is one on the main site now. 2 UVs, no DVs or VTCs so far.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:55
  • @Randal'Thor That's not actually about an opera per se, though. It's basically just about Gogol's stories using the opera as a starting point. I'd hesitate to use that question for a solid argument for/against operas as a whole. Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 19:57

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Because why wouldn't they be? Plays are - we already have questions about - and both operas and plays are works of literature, despite being written for performances.

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    Additionally, I'm fairly confident that the musical score, being pertinent to the analysis and understanding of the opera, should also necessarily be on-topic.
    – user80
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 2:41
  • @Emrakul Da...wuuuut? Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 18:17
  • @Christian You can't just look at the words of an opera if you want to understand the text. The musical composition of an opera is part of the text.
    – user80
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 18:19
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    Then just rename the thing "Analysis of all kinds of stuff ever created" already. Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 18:20
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    @Christian Well, I'd like to see anyone conduct a thorough, rigorous, and meaningful investigation of an opera by only looking at its words and entirely ignoring the music. So if that's what it takes so that looking at the score of an opera no longer offends the sensibilities, then yes.
    – user80
    Commented Jan 20, 2017 at 18:31
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    "Why wouldn't they be" I don't know, you have to give your own arguments for it. Commented Jan 21, 2017 at 0:41

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