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The opera is like a husband with a foreign title -
by Cleveland Amory

The opera is like a husband with a foreign title -
expensive to support,
hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge.
- Cleveland Amory

As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows,
cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind.
- Cleveland Amory

There are three terrible ages of childhood -
1 to 10,
10 to 20, and 20 to 30.
- Cleveland Amory

A "good" family, it seems, is one that used to be better.
- Cleveland Amory

 

The New England conscience does not stop you from doing
what you shouldn't-it just stops you from enjoying it.
- Cleveland Amory

I can't take a well-tanned person seriously.
- Cleveland Amory

The facts of life are very stubborn things.
- Cleveland Amory

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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not
sing when they are feeling sensible.
- W. H. Auden

The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.
- H. L. Mencken

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

The number of opera houses around the world and the
high attendance rates show that opera an art form that
is more popular than ever.
- Bruce Beresford

Above all, I am an opera singer.
This is how people will remember me.
- Luciano Pavarotti

At the moment I'm enjoying a new challenge at the Royal Opera House,
but I'm also keen to pursue my interest in television
and particularly in science.
- Deborah Bull

Music - opera particularly - is a process which is
endurable or successful only if it is achieved by people who love to collaborate.
- Sarah Caldwell

It seems to me opera is just as relevant as an expressive art as anything else.
- Carlisle Floyd

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest
inventions of Western man.
It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
- Kenneth Clark

I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together,
join hands and celebrate all the arts.
- Franco Zeffirelli

When I first started acting, I started in opera and
had a great desire to play grand,
tragic characters.
I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy.
- Leslie Easterbrook

In opera, as with any performing art,
to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course,
but you must also be famous.
The two are different things.
- Luciano Pavarotti

If you can sell green toothpaste in this country,
you can sell opera.
- Sarah Caldwell

Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels
it so intently he must sing it out.
- Gian Carlo Menotti

Because, in opera, I have to sing for people that are very far from me,
instead of, when I sing a song, I try to imagine to
sing like in an ear of a child.
- Andrea Bocelli

When an opera star sings her head off,
she usually improves her appearance.
- Victor Borge

If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.
- Judy Garland

One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing,
and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time.
- Gioachino Rossini

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.
- Bryn Terfel

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.
- Parker Posey

I only use my sick days for hang-overs and soap opera weddings.
- Kate O'Brien

Soap opera wouldn't be my first choice,
but at this point in my life, I would consider a soap.
It would allow me to act and still do other things with my life.
- Joe Lando

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.
- Trevor Nunn

Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a
concert than for an opera performance.
- Placido Domingo

I really wanted to be an opera soprano.
- Maureen O'Hara

In how many lives does love really play a dominant
part? The average taxpayer is no more capable of a
'grand passion' than of a grand opera.
- Israel Zangwill

I cannot go to the Opera, because I have forsworn all
expense which does not end in pleasing me.
- Charles Townshend

Going to the opera, like getting drunk,
is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
- Hannah More

If you approach an opera as though it were something
that always went a certain way,
that's what you get.
I approach an opera as though I didn't know it.
- Sarah Caldwell

I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music,
of wonderful opera.
- Luciano Pavarotti

The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle;
it suggests the idea of one.
- Jean de la Bruyere

I had a soap opera, and my next job was working with
Kyle McLachlan on The Invisible Man.
- Elisabeth Rohm

I would just like to say that opera is no longer about
fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
- Lesley Garrett

Mozart has written opera, symphony, sacred and chamber music -
not to mention his piano and violin concerti.
- Neville Marriner

We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules.
It's unheard of to combine opera with a rock theme,
my dear .
- Freddie Mercury

Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than
going to a football match.
What have you got to lose?
- Lesley Garrett

The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions
and from many different angles.
- Harrison Birtwistle

'Gone With The Wind' is one of the all-time greats.
Read Margaret Mitchell's book and watch the film again;
it's a soap opera in all its glory.
It is superb and memorable.
- Timothy Dalton

I was more of a light opera singer, not really much of a lounge singer.
- Melinda Clarke

I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember,
the place is so beautiful.
One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking.
It is all like an opera.
- William Butler Yeats

It is so important for people at a young age to be
invited to embrace classical music and opera.
- Luciano Pavarotti

If God drives a car, He'd drive a 1973 Ford LTD Brougham
sedan with a claret-colored vinyl roof,
with oxblood leather upholstery and an opera window.
- Doug Coupland

Directing an opera is similar to directing a play.
The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
- Bruce Beresford

In opera, there is always too much singing.
- Claude Debussy

Opera is given so little attention in the national press.
- Carlisle Floyd

I don't know why a computer game can't be an art form
just as a puppet show or an opera is.
I'm still interested in computer games as something
I would like to work on someday.
- Fred Saberhagen

So, I lived at the Beijing Opera, I ate there,
I learned a craft.
And the money we made went into the company.
- John Lone

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.
- Carlisle Floyd

If time were the wicked sheriff in a horse opera,
I'd pay for riding lessons and take his gun away.
- W. H. Auden

When the music and the characters are flawlessly synchronized,
the opera develops an emotional force that movies and plays cannot match.
- Bruce Beresford

But nevertheless, it's music ultimately that matters in opera,
and opera is a piece of music reaching out as a vision
in sound reaching out to the world.
- John Eaton

In opera, everyone's watching from a fixed viewpoint,
and that really challenges you.
Lighting, the sets, stage groupings,
the music-but doesn't relate too much to film.
- Bruce Beresford

I sang opera, I sang show tunes.
I got into a rock band for a while.
I've sung a lot of different things.
- Tom Wopat

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
- H. L. Mencken

Wednesday a junior came to me, and told me I was to
be hazed as I left the Opera House Friday night.
- Richard H. Davis

The theatre only knows what it's doing next week,
not like the opera, where they say: What are we going
to do in five years' time? A completely different attitude.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I think every singer should be able to jump in for
a singer who has been sick,
for instance, and learn an opera in two days.
I know people who can do it.
- Bryn Terfel

Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre
and four weeks in the Opera Theater.
- Graeme Murphy

People are wrong when they say opera is not what it used to be.
It is what it used to be.
That is what's wrong with it.
- Noel Coward

Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.
- Terry Prachett

Opera is a beautiful and important diversion for me.
- Luciano Pavarotti

Ironically, that was quite a bit of the appeal of Rumours.
It's equally interesting on a musical level and as a soap opera.
- Lindsey Buckingham

To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
- Lesley Garrett

Opera is one of the most important art forms.
It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone.
- Luciano Pavarotti


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