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I love opera so much. I would never go back to doing it, but I love to listen - I'm grateful for it.
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.
There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realizes, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again.
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.
My message is to forget about dichotomies. The 'Brain Opera' is an opera, even if it does not tell a story in the usual way. It is a psychological journey with voice - so I do consider it an opera.
I was 6, and I was in the opera 'Carmen.' My dad sang opera and got me into the children's chorus. I was super fat at the time and didn't make eye contact with anyone. I knew I loved acting ever since.
Philanthropy is no longer about writing a check for $10,000 to the opera.
Even the Beatles lived their lives as a soap opera.
I love to conduct opera.
After I left college, I went to work at the Royal Opera House in London, which became a real catalyst for me because it made me realize that I was interested in cinema and in the way life is thrust at you. So I started making films.
I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera.
Soaps taught me the fundamentals of the game. You know, how to show up, hit your mark, how to be on time. That soap opera world is a microcosm of the entertainment culture.
My mom was an opera singer, and she gave up her career to raise a family. But she also taught my sisters how to sing.
And what unity is to be had, at a time when orchestras are dying out, and when opera houses are about to close their doors; what's going to come next - when nothing new in music, for the orchestra, is truly lasting: pieces are performed once, and then they're thrown away.
It's necessary to track characters all the way through an opera. If you're dealing with more than one or two characters, it's very easy to forget that the others have lives of their own that feed into the story.
The performances of my works in the last 10 years are probably equal to all the previous years put together. There are so many venues now and there is a completely new public for opera that's grown up outside of the traditional core opera public.
The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
Jean de la Bruyere
I'm enamored with the art world. Anytime you look at anything that's considered artistic, there's a commercial world around it: the ballet, opera, any kind of music. It can't exist without it.
Staid middle age loves the hurricane passions of opera.
I stay up nights and fiddle with my opera designs. It's a bit obsessive. That's why I can't do it all the time.
I don't like the word rock opera, but I'm trying to write on that level that's reserved for plays still, or novels.
When the story is good enough, people can watch something three times the length of an opera.
I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.
I became a set designer for opera.
'Amores Perros' is rock, '21 Grams' is jazz, 'Babel' is an opera, and 'Biutiful' is a requiem.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
John F. Kennedy
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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