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I was a regular on 'Holby City,' and I did daytime; that's how I started off. Off in Hong Kong doing stuntman stuff, then coming back to England doing daytime soap operas.
As any opera fan knows, lawyers and judges do not fare well in most operas. Just consider the productions of 'Andrea Chenier,' 'Aida, Norma,' 'Billy Budd,' 'Peter Grimes,' 'The Crucible,' 'Lost in the Stars,' 'The Marriage of Figaro,' 'The Makropulos Case' and Wagner's 'Ring' cycle. Around 1810, the theme of justice emerged in opera.
I'd like to direct more operas.
If I can do concert recitals, adapting the repertoire to my needs, then no problem, that's good enough. But with operas, unless the right circumstances come up, my career is done.
I have nothing but admiration for the actors on soap operas. It is unbelievably challenging to put out an hour show in one day.
Catherine Mary Stewart
The soap opera was so long ago - the thing about soap operas, and there's something to be said for doing it, but you do a script a day. I don't want to say it's a training ground; it really isn't, but what it does teach you is discipline.
Soap operas are like boot camps for film actors, so I really learned a lot. It was a masterclass in working for camera. I made myself watch myself every day. I would sort of try and be objective about it and critique myself a little. There's a lot more skill set than people realize in soap operas. They shoot, like, 35 scenes a day.
People don't want to pay 8 or 9 dollars to go see a problem that they have in their life, on screen. They pay to get away from that. That's why they watch soap operas.
I was 11 and watching soap operas with my mom, and I thought it would be cool to be an actor. I thought soap operas was going to be the dream at the time - it's obviously now not the dream, but I think soap operas are really cool. Maybe I'll go back to that.
Professionally, I did a couple of operas when I was in school, when I was 18.
My soap operas have been seen by a billion people all around the world.
It's important that we have the traditional operas and the repertory, but we should also have something new.
I want to do rock operas.
I used to listen to the soap operas with my grandmother.
Women in Hollywood are tiny, but women in soap operas are the tiniest people alive!
My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.
I saw a lot of operas from backstage and watched a lot of rehearsals - my parents were singers.
The music of the most popular operas is so highly esteemed, it can stand endless revivals.
My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.
When I was in school, I was always writing scripts and dressing up as characters. I'd constantly be that guy who'd get up on stage. I used to write imaginary TV shows, like soap operas, for fun.
We used to listen to all the marvelous operas on records. Music was a very important part of our lives.
When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always struck me as more American than when I hear them here. I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
Well, the very best operas are the ones written by the very best composers.
If I felt that one of my operas did not come off I would certainly say so.
In my view, the operas of Carlisle Floyd will find a place in the permanent repertoire.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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