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Opera Quotes

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

Related topics: Music

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

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.
- Bobby McFerrin

I love opera, I love writing for the voice,
I love telling stories with music.
- Anthony Davis

 

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 Opera was a very cold film, a hopeless and dark film,
no hope, no love.
- Dario Argento

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

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Many years ago I was in another soap opera called The
Newcomers which was on twice a week for three years.
I really don't think I could do another stint like that again.
- Jeremy Bulloch

Even the Beatles lived their lives as a soap opera.
- Chris Lowe

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

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

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

But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
- Placido Domingo

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

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 is where a guy gets stabbed in the back,
and instead of dying, he sings.
- Robert Burns

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

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

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

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

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.
- William Devane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 no instance is there to be a musical or opera of
Inherit the Wind because it doesn't sing.
It's an intellectual play.
- Jerome Lawrence

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

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

We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera.
There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
- Cecilia Bartoli

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

Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching,
stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about.
That's not love, it's just rubbish.
- Peter Shaffer

This is not a rock opera.
This is not Tommy.
I can write songs that emote, and that's it.
- John Mellencamp

Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.
- Tony Curtis

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

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

I was the first movie star to plunge into night-time soap opera.
- Dorothy Malone

A great opera house isn't run by a director,
but by a great administrator.
- Steven Berkoff

I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long
as it is a language I don't understand.
- Edward Appleton

I have the absolute utmost respect for soap opera actors now.
They work harder than any actor I know in any other medium.
And they don't get very much approbation for it.
- Joan Collins

Opera? Just what the world needs: more fat women screaming.
- Peter Boyle

They're getting me involved in intrigue again,
and I think it follows a classic formula in a soap opera.
- Michael Zaslow

I don't think an opera house is ever a place that can make you entirely happy.
- Bernard Haitink

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

Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.
- James Stephens

A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
- Robertson Davies

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing.
She was also a radio soap opera actress,
but my mother sang.
- Ruben Blades

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

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

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

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

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

I was on a soap opera before that for three years,
where I was the nicest guy on earth.
- Ray Liotta

'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

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

Even in today's opera world, the position of the black tenor is problematic.
- Bobby Short

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

I'm not going to spend two years on a film or four
years on an opera if I don't feel like I can put my own self into it.
That doesn't mean it has to be about myself.
- Julie Taymor

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

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

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

The first rule in opera is the first rule in life:
see to everything yourself.
- Nellie Melba

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

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

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


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