Some may say that I couldn't sing, but no one can say that I didn't sing.— Florence Foster Jenkins
Unexpected Opera Singing quotations
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
Italians are fantastic people, really. They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.
There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.
Every heart sings a song incomplete, until another heart whispers back.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.
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.
Those who wish to sing... always find a song.
In opera, there is always too much singing.
The shower is my time to open up my operatic chops, because of the enormous echo. You sound five times as big in the shower, so I break into some "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini 's Turandot or Pearl Jam. You've got to go big when you're in the shower. There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.
Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.
Like a bird singing in the rain, the grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
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.
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.
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.
You don't love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or for their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.
But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows.
People who have not done their research on me do not know that I am European, born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father from Napoli and a mother from Alabama who was singing opera and went to Europe, met my dad, fell in love, and then moved back to Rome, where I was raised, between Rome and Hamburg.
As a child, I was always making sound;
it was a compulsion. I loved to scream and yell and sing; it freed me from all the thoughts in my head. I begged for opera lessons because opera singing is the most formidable, most emotional way to use your voice.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Any subject is good for opera if the composer feels it so intently he must sing it out.
I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing.
She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.
Above all, I am an opera singer. This is how people will remember me.
Love is the harmony of two souls singing together.
I got last-minute rush seats to Baz Luhrmann's 'Boheme,' and my favorite singer, Ekaterina Solovyeva, was playing Mimi that day. My face got burned off when she sang the aria 'Donde Lieta Usci.' The woman was technically sobbing and singing opera at the same time. I don't know how you do that.
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.
One of my sisters wanted to be an opera singer.
So, we spent a few dollars to try to train her, because Italian people would like to have an opera singer in the family. But she's got trouble coughing, let alone singing. One day, she was in the shower singing 'Madame Butterfly,' three days later the Japs attacked Pearl Harbor.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
The opera isn't over till the fat lady sings.
When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance.
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.
Use what talent you possess; the wood would be very silent if no bird sang except those that sang best.
I'm Opera Singer. I can sing Brecht, Weil.
It was just as shocking for me to sing opera in a falsetto soprano in Germany.
I want to be known by people who are knowledgeable about opera, who appreciate bel canto singing, people who have more sensitivity.
The birds of hope are everywhere, listen to them sing.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
My favorite type of music to sing would be between R and B and opera.
That was my way, and I also use the music after five years, I started hearing opera, opera, it was very good instrument to keep the spirit very strong because you feel like you are yourself singing opera, and I used to hear a lot of opera, they send me tapes.
I know why the caged bird sings.
I guess I've always had such an identity crisis when it comes to other people's understanding of me. I don't feel it in myself but from an outsider's point of view, I can see they must be thinking, "Who the hell does this guy think he is?" But recently I've been thinking, okay, a white guy can't sing soul, but would a black person be made exempt from singing opera because it's not a tradition that belongs to them? It's the same kind of argument.
I felt that I really couldn't be creative with opera.
You're supposed to sound this way here. You're supposed to crescendo here. You're supposed to do that. I had no sense of identity while singing that kind of music.
I want to sing using a throatsinging style, like for example kargyraa, but at the same time sing it like a normal way. Maybe I will try some opera. To sing a melody, and to sing not only Tuvan traditional melodies, but I would like to try Western classics, blues. I think Tuvan music and American blues are very close to each other.
Concurrently, while I was in school, while I was winning awards for acting, I was winning awards for singing, in high school. One of the reasons why I decided to continue on with the acting was the opera world is fraught with a very long process, and I did love the acting, as well. The acting took off sooner, and then you get involved with that.
There was something in the bel canto, not just opera, but a certain style of Italian singing that I responded to deeply.