I find I have to be the sad clown: laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.— James Gandolfini
Blissful Soprano quotations
The soprano has all those other instruments in it.
It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.
I was on a show called '12 Miles of Bad Road' with Lily Tomlin - it was an incredible HBO show. We shot 6 episodes, previewed it before the finale of 'The Sopranos;' it was written up as a 'Great New Show on HBO,' and then the whole thing was canned. Gone. Disappeared. That's when I realized anything can happen in this business.
The saxophone is an imperfect instrument, especially the tenor and soprano, as far as intonation goes. The challenge is to sing on an imperfect instrument that is outside of your body.
A soprano in Massenet's Don Quixote complained that she had missed her entry in the aria, "because Mr. Challiapin always dies too soon." "Madam, you must be profoundly in error," said Sir Thomas, "No operatic star has yet died half soon enough for me."
Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country.
Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.
And then you have the classical ballerinas, they're like sopranos. Applied to the dance.
When we were doing 'The Sopranos', I used to love that about it.
There were rules, Mafia codes you had to go by, but the code is ridiculous. It's a code among sociopaths.
I wanted to play a good guy after doing this lunatic on The Sopranos for two years. And then they did the sequel to Bad Boys, where I get to play the barking captain again.
You know my feelings: every day is a gift. It's just, does it have to be socks?
I heard Sidney Bechet play a Duke Ellington piece and fell in love with the soprano saxophone.
I can spot a musical type. I can tell by looking at a woman whether she is a contralto or a soprano.
I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination.
The cello is a hero because of its register - its tenor voice.
It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is like a great orator.
Shortly after this I was made a member of the boys choir, it being found that I possessed a clear, strong soprano voice. I enjoyed the singing very much.
Gabe scratched his double chin. "Maybe if you hurry with the seven-layer dip...And maybe if the kid apologizes for interrupting my poker game." Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot, I thought. And make you sing Soprano for a week.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.
They're naughty, all those writers - they mess around with people.
I know James Gandolfini got a bit fed up on 'The Sopranos': if he said anything in front of a writer, told them a story from his life, it could make its way into the script.
I really wanted to be an opera soprano.
Working with HBO was an opportunity to experience creative freedom and 'long-form development' that filmmakers didn't have a chance to do before the emergence of shows like 'The Sopranos.'
This is gonna sound stupid, but I saw at one point that our mothers are .
.. bus drivers. No, they are the bus. See, they're the vehicle that gets us here. They drop us off and go on their way. They continue on their journey. And the problem is that we keep tryin' to get back on the bus, instead of just lettin' it go.
Belief in oneself is a crucial quality of leadership, because 'a house divided against itself cannot stand.' A leader who fluctuates back and forth sends a very wavery signal. Like the soprano who can shatter glass by finding that high note and holding it, a leader who can hold that high note, without wavering, can shatter walls.
Over the years, TV has gotten so much better, especially with the advent of cable. The bar has been raised. I think HBO really set the standard with The Sopranos, and then on mainstream TV, shows like Lost broke amazing ground.
When I was doing 'The Sopranos,' I liked putting music together with the film;
that was my favorite part of it.
The Sopranos all came down to the writing.
I wouldn't have been on for as long as I was if the writing weren't so good.
The government itself is running exactly like the Sopranos and they sit back and they make deals. And they say okay, 'I'm going do this: France, you're getting the pipelines.'
You got to play the flute as a flute, like that.
You can't play like a tenor concept on soprano; it sounds wrong. But some guys do it, and they think it's O.K., but not so!
I feel most spiritual when I am listening to a soprano voice soaring to the top of its range at the most dramatic point of an aria. It feels like a geyser shooting up from the center of the earth and reaching for the stars.
Those who want respect, give respect.
I'm a lyric soprano. I can try to step outside that and do different kind of singing, but it's not something I can sustain over the long haul, and what is good for your voice is good for your career.
My family was very encouraging, and both of my grandparents were both beautiful singers. My grandmother was a coloratura soprano, and my grandfather was an Irish tenor in a barbershop quartet.
The Sopranos' is filled with really retrograde humor.
Bathroom humor, falls, stupid puns, bad jokes - infantile, adolescent stuff, but it makes me laugh.
Psychology doesn't address the soul; that's something else.