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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.
I have also just finished three weeks on a soap opera in England. The soap opera is a rather famous one called Crossroads. It was first on television 25 years ago, and it has recently been brought back. I play the part of a businessman called David Wheeler.
I love rock and opera, and I love musical theater, and I don't want to lose any of that.
I'd hate this to get out but I really like opera.
There's no better training than working on a soap opera because of the amount of hours, the amount of pages you do a day are unbelievable. It's the best training I had in terms of discipline.
I started a novel in the back of a notebook, and it was great because it looked like I was taking notes. And I just, I kept it up, it was sort of fantasy, it was part soap opera. It was utterly dreadful, but that's how I got hooked.
If I do a play, it's my vision, and everybody else is working on the production to support that. If I do an opera, I feel like part of my job is to support that composer, to try and create something that allows the composer to do his or her best work. In movies, it's usually the director.
David Henry Hwang
Wednesday a junior came to me, and told me I was to be hazed as I left the Opera House Friday night.
Richard H. Davis
I started out in theater, and then I got a job on a soap in New York. With a soap opera, its every day, all year long - there's no downtime, and you're shooting a show a day.
I started performing opera when I was 10 years old. I didn't perform as Zola Jesus until I was probably 18.
It's much easier for me to be silly than it is to be serious on soap opera.
In the eighth grade I found I had a voice for opera, so I followed that path a little, but my impulse has always been an actor. I have always liked cinema, and let's face it, opera singers are just bad actors! I didn't want to translate myself in that direction.
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.
I like folk songs, but ten horses couldn't bring me to a concert or an opera.
I was interested in opera and it seemed to me that the only possible theatre for contemporary opera would be television. So I started working towards a kind of television kind of opera.
The first rule in opera is the first rule in life: see to everything yourself.
When you are up close to an opera singer, hearing this incredible volume of noise coming from a human being - it's beyond belief.
The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge.
Opera is musical theatre, and the music can teach you so much about the theatre. Very often I use musical terms to think about how I comport myself on stage: I employ 'rubati,' 'ostinati,' 'cadenze.' Finding these parallels is very fascinating for me.
I think it was just an opera. Now, you go to opera, you expect to see and hear what the opera is. So, it was Catfish Row. It was singers. Marvelous voices. It didn't make no difference what color they were.
We have to make sure what we're doing is true - true as in life and not as in opera. The only things we have to do that with are our instruments. We don't take them out of a case; we are our instruments. And if we do anything that isn't true, we hurt our communication to the audience. Use the librettist's words, but make them about yourself.
Charles Nelson Reilly
Music has always played a big part in my life and, believe it or not, in my soap opera career.
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.
I think it's the responsibility of a major opera house not only to cultivate debate and get people thinking, but also to be interfaced with things that challenge them. To challenge its audience and not just deliver things that they know, even though some of those things are wonderful.
My parents have always given me whatever I wanted. Took me to the ballet, the opera, museum exhibitions. I was always surrounded by art. It's their fault I've become an actress.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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