1. 10

    The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.

  2. 9

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

  3. 8

    I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.

  4. 7

    The opera isn't over till the fat lady sings.

  5. 6

    In opera, there is always too much singing.

  6. 5

    For me, you say the words 'concept record,' and the first thing I think of is theater or the opera or something.

  7. 4

    Bed is the poor man's opera.

  8. 3

    I belong to the givers. I want to give a little happiness even if I haven’t had much for myself. Music has enriched my life and, hopefully - through me, a little - the public’s. If anyone left an opera house feeling more happy and at peace, I achieved my purpose.

  9. 2

    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.

  10. 1

    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.

  11. Last Update: November, 2020