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Since I was a child I've loved going to the opera, theatre and ballet.
A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera.
For better or worse, I've always been curious musically. Whether it's opera or Judy Garland or pop, I've deliberately sought those things out. I've never wanted to do the same things over and over. Some think I've accomplished what I set out to do, and others consider me a dilettante.
I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
Opera is one of the most important art forms. It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone.
Very few opera singers in history have been able to cross into popular music.
Mostly what I listen to when I turn on my little iPod is opera.
I don't expect people who've enjoyed 'Spy Kids' will enjoy 'Repo! the Genetic Opera!'
I have never called myself an opera singer. Other people do, but I always call myself a classical singer. I'd love to do opera, but I'm still too young and I don't want to do it until I'm ready. I realise that when I do that it's going to be... up for discussion, shall we say, so I want to get it right.
I had classical training but I don't consider myself an opera singer though.
It's the perfect environment for prayer. Chanting in Greek... is like a beautiful opera, but way better.
I never listen to music when I am writing. It would be impossible. I listen to Bach in the mornings, mostly choral music; also some Handel, mostly songs and arias; I like Schubert's and Beethoven's chamber music and Sibelius' symphonies; for opera, I listen to Mozart and in recent years Wagner.
Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement.
The point of opera is that people are moved by the emotions and music.
Alexander McCall Smith
It's quite a famous story that takes place on Christmas Eve, and the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace one night and they bury their dead and they play football. I play a German opera singer, in German, which I never have so I am really excited about that.
I was on a soap opera before that for three years, where I was the nicest guy on earth.
Opera was the cinema of its time, so to bring back that popular appeal, you just need to unleash its visceral immediacy and excitement. Most productions don't manage that - but when an opera does do it, you never forget it.
Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.
Let us be clear: I take ten times more money for a concert than for an opera performance.
I think opera has gained a kind of glamorous appeal. It's a live performance that aligns all of the arts, and when it is represented in the media, in film in particular, it is presented as something that is really a special event, whether it's a great date or something that's just hugely romantic.
But nevertheless, it's music ultimately that matters in opera, and opera is a piece of music reaching out as a vision in sound reaching out to the world.
In opera, as with any performing art, to be in great demand and to command high fees you must be good of course, but you must also be famous. The two are different things.
I was constantly being pushed toward a European ideal of what it means to be a classical or opera singer, let's say in the Renata Tebaldi mode. I reject that.
Lots of opera singers are just boring.
My mom was on a soap opera for 40 years, so I know about love and romance.
Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music.
John Philip Sousa
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