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One of the problems that we face through the media attention that these artists receive is that there has been an awful lot of talk about opera and classical music being elite and being for an elitist group.
Normally our season is seven weeks in the Drama Theatre and four weeks in the Opera Theater.
Everyone in my family is an artist. Both my parents are painters and my mom's an opera singer. I was never shown any other way to process life.
We consider Monteverdi the first composer of opera. There was someone before, but everything started with Monteverdi.
I don't know why a computer game can't be an art form just as a puppet show or an opera is. I'm still interested in computer games as something I would like to work on someday.
But Opera Man, I go, 'Oh, crap! Why didn't I think of that?' Because I could sing fake opera pretty good.
I would like to see more African-American singers as part of our opera companies. If you take music and the arts out of the public schools, then you're going to lose a lot of people that you might have discovered were talented, very early.
One year, I was a patron of a new opera. It was, to put it kindly, unpleasant to the ear. The friends I went with hated it. Keeping quiet about my contribution, I was outed when one of them, reading the program at the restaurant during dinner, saw my name.
Opera is the most complete art form. It includes drama, acting, technology (lighting), art (the sets), dance, and the epitome of the human voices. But mostly, go for the glorious music. The arts are crucial to the life of every community.
Opera is the ultimate art form. It has singing and music and drama and dance and emotion and story.
Theatre and opera were always the twin kingdoms that I felt I had to conquer, because they were my parents' favorites.
I would just like to say that opera is no longer about fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
I sang opera, I sang show tunes. I got into a rock band for a while. I've sung a lot of different things.
There was always dance in opera until people forgot to keep it going.
Unfortunately, opera engagements tend to be made five years in advance, and I don't really agree with that.
Danielle de Niese
I have pretty ecumenical tastes. I'm interested in a lot of different kinds of music, so I don't listen with a jaundiced ear to music because it's in a certain category, whether it's country or opera or hip-hop or bebop or whatever it is.
I'm moved by a lot of different kinds of music, whether it's pop music or R&B or straight-ahead jazz or free or opera or music from all parts of the world.
I love the way Monteverdi's opera embodies the triumph of evil love in such a luscious way. The closing love duet is just pure amoral, liquid passion. The Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment sound great in the Albert Hall, and the Glyndebourne cast is fabulous.
Americans, they have an incredible operatic tradition: the Metropolitan Opera House is - if not the most prestigious - one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world for over 100 years.
It seems to me opera is just as relevant as an expressive art as anything else.
Opera is given so little attention in the national press.
You can't do opera when already from the 10th row you can only see little dolls on the stage. In such an enormous space you can't put much faith in the personal presence of the individual singer, which is reflected in facial expressions, among other things.
I've never been to the opera; I've only seen opera on DVD.
I had a year at 3 when I wanted to be a conductor in the opera.
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