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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a person. I am not a soap opera.
When the story is good enough, people can watch something three times the length of an opera.
I know that my passion is for opera, but sometimes I like also to sing songs, because there are many beautiful melodies.
I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.
More people are listening to opera, and I'm happy - everybody must be given that opportunity.
'Amores Perros' is rock, '21 Grams' is jazz, 'Babel' is an opera, and 'Biutiful' is a requiem.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
I became a set designer for opera.
I'm by no means an opera buff.
Dance stories, unlike those in opera, are usually simple.
My family were symphonic musicians and in the opera. Also, it was my era, the love of radio. We used to listen to the radio at night, close our eyes and see movies far more beautiful than you can photograph.
Francis Ford Coppola
I want to carve out a serious period of time to focus on the next opera without any distractions. And to do that you need money.
For me, the most enjoyable type of singing is opera. It allows you to move, to wear a costume... to do something with your body. When singing in concert, you have to stand up in front of the audience, next to the conductor, which is less natural.
Despite the rigid classicism of the famous Paris Opera school and company, the French have done more than their share to unmoor la Danse from its traditions and standards.
I sing a mixture of everything from opera, folk music, Broadway. It's a mix of things.
I have always felt an excellent rapport ever since my very first concert in Britain at Hampton Court. I have always felt understood. The British understand opera very well.
The most widely criticised singers in the history of opera, Maria Callas and Franco Corelli, happen also to be the best singers. I am honoured for being part of their group.
Premiering a new opera is probably one of the hardest things in the world to do, and opening nights of any opera are always pretty stressful.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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