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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 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.
I don't expect people who've enjoyed 'Spy Kids' will enjoy 'Repo! the Genetic Opera!'
Since I was a child I've loved going to the opera, theatre and ballet.
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 want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
In no instance is there to be a musical or opera of Inherit the Wind because it doesn't sing. It's an intellectual play.
Take opera for example - to go to the opera you have to dress up in a tuxedo and pay lots of money.
The opera always loses money. That's as it should be. Opera has no business making money.
It's the perfect environment for prayer. Chanting in Greek... is like a beautiful opera, but way better.
Opera is one of the most important art forms. It should be listened to and appreciated by everyone.
My worry is that opera will become an historic art form as opposed to a living, breathing thing.
Ballet costumes are easier that opera because they are designed for movement.
The first opera I went to see was Maria Callas singing 'Tosca'.
Lots of opera singers are just boring.
I was on a soap opera before that for three years, where I was the nicest guy on earth.
When I was very little, I was sort of consumed by a love for opera. Weirdly enough, I went from being really enthusiastic about construction vehicles at the age of seven to being really passionate about 'La Traviata' by the time I was eight.
Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?
The point of opera is that people are moved by the emotions and music.
Alexander McCall Smith
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.
An aria in an opera - Handel's 'Ombra mai fu,' for example - gets along with an incredibly small number of words and ideas and a large amount of variation and repetition. That's the beauty of it. It's not taxing to the listener's intelligence because if you haven't heard it the first time round, it'll come around again.
Very few opera singers in history have been able to cross into popular music.
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 think that opera in Europe is 30 years ahead of America. There is a broader range of material presented to the public. They value contemporary opera.
I'm not glamorous, I don't have a look, I don't know anything about opera, I have no Italian, and I'm too old.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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