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.
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.
Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.
In opera, there is always too much singing.
We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
The first rule in opera is the first rule in life: see to everything yourself
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.
The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. [On Lohengrin]
Opera is one of the most important art forms. It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone.
It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created.
Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?
People think top singers are overpaid, but opera houses have a top fee, which is a good thing. Of course concerts are different- everyone wants to make as much money as possible.
This is not a rock opera. This is not Tommy. I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera, I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.
I enjoy listening to opera at home, occasionally, but I would much rather see it than just listen to it.
The Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film, no hope, no love.
A show like Knots or any other show that can be called a soap opera does terribly in syndication because if you're a viewer and you miss a week you don't know what's going on.
I love Italian opera - it's so reckless. Damn Wagner, and his bellowings at Fate and death. Damn Debussy, and his averted face. I like the Italians who run all on impulse, and don't care about their immortal souls, and don't worry about the ultimate.
Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.
I was on a soap opera before that for three years, where I was the nicest guy on earth.
The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles.
I like soap opera acting. If it's done really well, there's nothing better. It's old school. It's like what those melodramas in the '30s and '40s were like
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