OPERA QUOTES

quotations about opera

Opera quote

Nightfall, going to the opera. Changing worlds. Trading the working world for one of fantastic, fleeting leisure. Climbing giant staircases. Bronze women proffer fake torches, ceilings full of goddesses and gods ... in this architecture can be read a whole, no longer existent, world. The ghosts of a society wander here in a dream.

CATHERINE CLEMENT, Opera: The Undoing of Women

1 likes

Tags: Catherine Clement


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

W. H. AUDEN, Time Magazine, December 29, 1961

1 likes

Tags: W. H. Auden


People's reactions to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic; they either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they will always love it. If they don't, they may learn to appreciate it, but it will never become part of their soul.

J. F. LAWTON, Pretty Woman

1 likes

Tags: J. F. Lawton


Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables.

FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

1 likes


Opera is like an oyster; it must be swallowed whole or not at all.

SPIKE HUGHES, Nights at the Opera

1 likes


Don't sing an aria
To someone who can't
Sing one back.

KENNETH KOCH, The Collected Poems

1 likes


We are living in operatic times. Forget what you've heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it.

ANNE MIDGETTE, "How to survive the next four years on social media? Opera can help.", Washington Post, February 10, 2017

1 likes


Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.

ANONYMOUS

1 likes

Tags: anonymous quotes


Going to the Opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.

HANNAH MORE, letter to her sister, 1775

1 likes


Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.

MOLIÈRE, attributed, The Moderate Soprano

1 likes

Tags: Molière


In certain ways sleep is useful. It is an excellent way of listening to an opera.

JAMES STEPHENS, The Crock of Gold

1 likes


Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

H. L. MENCKEN, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

1 likes

Tags: H. L. Mencken


[Opera] does not call so much for an imaginative ear as for an imaginative eye, an eye which can see beyond little absurdities toward great truths.

GEORGE MAREK, attributed, The Magic of Opera

0 likes

Tags: George Marek


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.

LUCIANO BERIO, London Observer, February 5, 1989

0 likes

Tags: Luciano Berio


Watching Italian opera, all those male sopranos screeching, stupid fat couples rolling their eyes about. That's not love, it's just rubbish.

PETER SHAFFER, Amadeus

0 likes

Tags: Peter Shaffer


The aim of Opera has ever been, and still is today, confined to Music. Merely so as to afford Music with a colourable pretext for her own excursions, is the purpose of Drama dragged on -- naturally, not to curtail the ends of Music, but rather to serve her simply as a means.

RICHARD WAGNER, Opera and Drama

0 likes

Tags: Richard Wagner


Opera is a type of drama whose integral existence is determined from point to point and in the whole by musical articulation. Dramma per musica.

JOSEPH KERMAN, Opera As Drama

0 likes

Tags: Joseph Kerman


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

ANONYMOUS

0 likes

Tags: Anonymous quotes


I wish the opera was every night. It is, of all entertainments, the sweetest and most delightful. Some of the songs seemed to melt my very soul.

FANNY BURNEY, Evelina

0 likes

Tags: Fanny Burney


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.

D. H. LAWRENCE, letter, April 1, 1911

0 likes

Tags: D. H. Lawrence