An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
I would just like to say that opera is no longer about fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.
Advertising is a business of words, but advertising agencies are infested with men and women who cannot write. They cannot write advertisements, and they cannot write plans. They are helpless as deaf mutes on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.
The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]
I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera.
The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands.
Much later in life, though, Gracie made a major contribution to the opera world. She stayed out of it.
Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject not for polemical reasons, but because it contains vivid characters in highly charged dramatic situations.
OPERA, n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes.
I performed in Sydney some years ago for the Sydney Festival and I am just so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Sydney Opera House and also performing in Melbourne for the first time.
Life is too short for cuisine minceur and for diets. Dietetic meals are like an opera without the orchestra.
When you are confronted with an opera, you have to keep an eye on everything: the musicians, the chorus, the ballet, the singers, the staging.
The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will know all the tunes before the opera begins.
Soap opera seems to be a dirty word, but actually they are the most popular shows we have.
I enjoy all forms of music - pop, classical and opera.
When something like that happens, people want to try to find some dirt and make it more of a soap opera. But I think we both walked away with the door still open, if we want to do something together again. So yeah, I would call it a friendly break-up.
My horizon on humanity is enlarged by reading the writers of poems, seeing a painting, listening to some music, some opera, which has nothing at all to do with a volatile human condition or struggle or whatever. It enriches me as a human being.
The more opera is dead, the more it flourishes.
I tell you, it is easier to build a grand opera or a city center than to build a personal house.
I wasn't cut out to be an opera singer, but it was a nice fantasy for a teenager growing up in Hungary during the Stalinist era.
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