If I weren't reasonably placid, I don't think I could cope with this sort of life. To be a diva, you've got to be absolutely like a horse.
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.
Bed is the poor man's opera.
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.
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For me, you say the words 'concept record,' and the first thing I think of is theater or the opera or something.
In opera, there is always too much singing.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
The opera isn't over till the fat lady sings.
I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.
A supreme social challenge.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance.
When you can't look on the bright side i will sit with you in the dark.
Opera? Just what the world needs: more fat women screaming.
I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young.
There were a lot of African Americans working out there. A lot of Mexicans - the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans, all out there singing, and it was like an opera in the cotton fields, and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.
I think every American actor wants to be a movie star.
But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera -- both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.
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.
You couldn't tell if she was dressed for an opera or an operation.
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
If you help others get what they want, they will help you get what you want.
To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.
Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses. In one way or another, everyone is equal before these cultural machines; like technology itself, the mass media are nearly universal in their incidence and appeal. They are a kind of common denominator, a kind of scheme for pre-scheduled, mass emotions.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.
If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Br?nnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.
Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy.
With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
I never was an opera fan -- about twenty-five musically supreme masterpieces in this curious medium apart.
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.
Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.
The banging and slamming and booming and crashing were something beyond belief. On Lohengrin
I wouldnt mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking.
I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you?
Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.
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.
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.
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.
I was emotionally and physically punched in the stomach.
This is not a place where you go and deliver the lines and then you come back. It's kind of a life-changing experience. But it can't get better than this for any actor - this is like an opera.
My favorite type of music to sing would be between R and B and opera.
Misery loves company. This is a Hollywood soap opera, and I'm not going to be a star in another Bryant soap opera.
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.
I've been operated on 13 times.
I've never been to the opera; I've only seen opera on DVD.
I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.
There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.
Opera tells stories through the pure emotion of music.
An exhibition has to tell a story purely visually. I've tried to incorporate both of those things - pure emotion and being more visual - into my writing.
I had classical training but I don't consider myself an opera singer though.
Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.