Thomas Hampson: Music is a language
29 July 2013 Last updated at 11:30 BST
The opera singer Thomas Hampson says we are being bombarded by music which anesthetises us to its quality. Good music has its place and it is not necessarily in an elevator.
He talks to HARDtalk's Sarah Montague about why people should learn more about opera and classical music, and the emotions involved in writing, performing and experiencing music.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Monday 29 July at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and Tuesday 30 July at 00:30 BST on the BBC News Channel.