I consider the word issue to be a loose synonym of the word problem. Can I use the word issue to refer to the scope of problems discussed in some work of art? For example, the opera's issue? By the way, can I call an opera work of art or this term can be applied only to pictures, scuptures and stuff like that?
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Opera's issue does not sound correct to me, but so does opera's problem. You could say, however:
As for opera being a work of art, I don't see a problem with that, but work of art is usually referred to a physical object. Still: