Best 209 of Opera quotes - MyQuotes
Norman Ralph Augustine
Soloist are inspiring in Opera and perhaps even in small entreprenurial ventures, but there is no place for them in large corporations.
The sympathies of a well-adjusted person can easily be aroused by the plight of strangers. Indeed, the skillful writer of a novel, a play, or an opera can engage our emotions on behalf of people who are not only strangers to us, but who do not even exist! And a person whose emotions cannot be so aroused is not behaving normally.
I’m turning into an old woman. Might as well start knitting and bitching about soap operas, gas prices, and rude drivers.” – Sundown
The great opera composers were so good at their job, that the whole genre came to be built around the concept of the composer's vision.
I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
King Kong, Count Dracula, and the Phantom of the Opera are just looking for love, like the rest of us.
In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find a place in the permanent repertoire.
A lot of performers don't want to leave the circuit, the European opera house circuit, partly because most singers don't sing many concerts, or at least not while they are in their prime.
I love classical music and often listen to symphonies or opera in the morning.
Why does one never hear of government funding for the preservation and encouragement of comic strips, girlie magazines and TV soap operas? Because these genres still hold the audience they were created to amuse and instruct.
Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Truths that startled the generation in which they were first announced become in the next age the commonplaces of conversation; as the famous airs of operas which thrilled the first audiences come to be played on hand-organs in the streets.
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.
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.
Anna's voice wasn't a beautiful voice - rough edged and sorrowful, a bit used, somehow male and female at once. Yet it had more vibrancy to it than most Danish voices, which were often thin and white and too pretty to trigger a shiver. Anna's voice had the heat of the south; it warmed Einar, as if her throat were red with coals.
When I was a teenager, I thought I wanted to be an actor. I worked on an Indian soap opera that was my first exposure to production. But I quickly became disillusioned by acting and seeing that in the movies I loved and the TV I loved, no one looked like me. There weren't going to be any leading roles that would be interested in casting someone with my face.
It's all one to me: opera, painting, drawing, faxes.
It was just as shocking for me to sing opera in a falsetto soprano in Germany.
some soap opera, you know, real people pretending to be fake people with made-up problems being watched by real people to forget their real problems.
Musicians ought to reclaim some of the power in the houses of production. The opera houses are run either by managers or by stage directors, never by musicians.
For more than 13,000 days on the run, my life was a soap opera.
I'd really been interested in opera when I was about 16, and I really like staging them.
I was playing in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as principal horn. I was there for some 15 years - one of the most exciting and great musical periods in my life.
I'm Opera Singer. I can sing Brecht, Weil.
Above all, I am an opera singer. This is how people will remember me.
Mehmet Murat Ildan
You want to feel that you belong to something higher, to something even beyond this universe, then go to the opera!
Billie Joe Armstrong
It would be great to do a rock opera, but using more low-fi technology. I love shitty-sounding records.
Be careful how you choose your enemy, for you will come to resemble him. The moment you adapt your enemy's methods your enemy has won. The rest is suffering and historical opera.
The inventor of the modern foundation garment that we women wear today was a German scientist and opera lover by the name of Otto Titsling.
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.
I am a person. I am not a soap opera. There is never going to be a next [tabloid] installment about my life because my own stuff is my own stuff.
In a film score, the last thing you want to do is take people out of the movie. The music is secondary. In opera, the music is the main event.
I know that my passion is for opera, but sometimes I like also to sing songs, because there are many beautiful melodies.
There was something in the bel canto, not just opera, but a certain style of Italian singing that I responded to deeply.
I maintain that Western popular culture at its best is worthy of respect and should be cherished as much as the operas of Wagner.
He quickly observed, that good sentences and excellent representations of the follies of mankind met with little regard or applause, whilst sounds, without sense, threw every body into raptures:——but 'twas the fashion of the day to be musically mad, and those who were absurd enough to prefer a rational entertainment to a flimsy opera, were poor insipid beings, without taste or enthusiasm.
Love in France is a comedy; in England a tragedy; in Italy an opera seria; and in Germany a melodrama.
It is not always a matter of wild ovations and legendary performances. Sometimes you are just happy to get through an opera without trouble.
Soap operas got nothing on my family history.
I sing a mixture of everything from opera, folk music, Broadway. It's a mix of things.
I can go from one extreme to another, from playing at the Sydney Opera House on the Songbook tour to shows with Soundgarden at Voodoo Fest, all in a week.
You would be amazed at the pompadour that I was rocking in the first job I had on the soap opera called 'Loving,' my first contract job.
The catalogue of miseries seems to cry out for commercial spots and a station break: the stuff of noonday soap opera.
I knew it, I just knew it! The person who had the job of writing my life's dialogue used to work on a very low budget soap opera.
The most widely criticised singers in the history of opera, Maria Callas and Franco Corelli, happen also to be the best singers. I am honoured for being part of their group.
Is as if the music is another character or as if it was a part of this great opera. I also through about this project as a structure or as a sculpture made out of colors, rhythm, characters, and brush strokes, but with every single one of these always supporting one another.
I watch soap operas. I bake brownies. Normalcy is coursing through my veins.
I remember vividly seeing 'Tarzan' and Fred Astaire, the Chaplin films, Fred Astaire musicals, MGM, because of my mother. She was just interested in everything and she took me to opera and ballet, and then ballet got me hooked.
That's nothing - my alarm clock is set for eight.
They tell me Wagner's music is better than it sounds.