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If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.
Opera stars know that biology is destiny. Sometime in their 50s or early 60s, the powerful, flexible and ultimately mysterious instrument that has been the source of their artistry frays, cracks and disappears.
If you approach an opera as though it were something that always went a certain way, that's what you get. I approach an opera as though I didn't know it.
Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding, he sings.
Love is a wild bird that no one can tame. It's useless to chase it If it won't play the game - From the Opera Carmen
Francois La Rochefoucauld
My passion for opera-the eternal truth of drama through music-has grown, while my interest in performance has diminished. Which is perhaps as good a reason as any other to go quietly.
As the director of an opera, it is my responsibility to unify the style of the particular performance, but one can certainly approach the piece from different points of view. That's what makes it interesting and keeps it alive.
When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance
Wildly my mind beats against you, yet my soul obeys.
Phantom Of The Opera
Our mistake, you see, was to write interminable large operas, which had to fill an entire evening. And now along comes someone with a one or two-act opera without all that pompous nonsense - that was a happy reform.
Never retire. Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini just before he died at eighty-nine. Verdi finished his opera Falstaff at eighty.
Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.
When her name is mentioned in the opera history books we will recall that vibrant, soaring tone-that and the blinding, high-beam-headlight smile that she flashed on her fans at each curtain call.
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