A small minority of pensioners enjoy opera, particularly those who live in large cities and are hard of hearing.

Most opera is the work of dead Italians and Germans, is almost always performed in a foreign language and usually features a horse-drawn carriage, which is repeatedly sung about but never actually seen.

According to the Pensioners Opera Omnibus, the most popular operas with UK audiences are:

The Barber of Seville.  Based on a traditional folk tale about a man who demonstrates his zest for life by shaving oranges.

The Flying Dutchman.  A modern opera based on the career of Arjen Robben.

Cosy Flan Tootsie. The story of a cross-dressing actor who becomes obsessed with knitting cardigans and making quiche.

The most famous opera singers are:

Bryn Terfel.  The stage name of Brian Taylor of Aberavon and also a traditional Welsh cheese.

Kiri Te Kanawa.  Word renowned New Zealand soprano better known as the Kiwi scrum-half in two World Cups.

Enrico Caruso.  Legendary Italian tenor and Ferrari F1 driver who still holds the record for lapping Monza while singing Nessun Dorma.