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I am under no illusion that I will ever be the greatest opera composer in the world, with Wagner and Verdi and Strauss before me. I think my work could fit very nicely into musicals, though.
I think the opera is one of the great cultural jewels of Los Angeles.
I want to get out of the major opera houses.
I do not understand where the idea came from that opera is only for privileged people, I am as happy singing before 70,000 people at the Millennium Stadium, as I am in front of a few hundred in a small concert hall.
I wasn't the best in my class at the Royal Academy. There was a really good soprano and baritone who were technically better and are doing really well in opera now. But I was definitely the best mezzo-soprano in my class, because I was the only one of those!
I was on a Swedish soap opera when I was 10.
The English National Opera does have some terrific productions, which are accessible, and they're not too ridiculously expensive.
Opera is an exclusive art form, so it cannot be that popular. I just do what I love to do.
I'd love to have the time to learn to sing opera properly rather than bellowing half-formed fragments of melody in exuberant moments.
I remember watching the Three Tenors at the World Cup in 1990, and it was amazing. They made opera accessible to the man in the street.
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I feel like it's a real shame that my generation doesn't make an appearance at the opera.
The opera in Los Angeles is excellent.
Increasingly, I find myself drawn to classic forms - to Euripides, Shakespeare and grand opera.
If you think that there are actually covers that we haven't done on 'Glee' that I could then put on an album... We've done everything! Pretty soon we're just going to have to start doing opera and stuff on the show.
Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama.
And my singing, I don't think I could sing Wagner or opera, but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once, but it was never performed.
My problem is, whether it's for emotion or for the talents that a character has to have in a role, I find it very difficult to not take on a challenge. For instance, 'Phantom Of The Opera,' in truth, scared the crap out of me, but I wasn't going to walk away and say, 'I didn't do that because I didn't believe in myself.'
The jewellery I wear on stage in the opera house is not real, but the bling-bling I wear in concerts? Those are real!
To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
I loved to sing and I loved to act, and I didn't want to continue opera because I wanted to act.
My degree was in opera.
I had this exceptional classical music voice. If I'd followed a true path for my talent, I would have ended up being an opera singer.
Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.
Opera combines pretty basic theater and poetry, but the storyline itself is actually quite poetic and, after some digital research, taking that actual content and seeing it as undeniably poetic.
I enrolled in an acting workshop and my first acting role was on the TV soap opera 'Melrose Place.'
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