“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.”
“He was found to be uncultured when he was caught not knowing anything about European history, opera, art and so on,”
“It's such an important work in the development of opera as an art form - the orchestra is not just accompanying, it's playing a big part in telling the story.”
“There's no half-singing in the shower, you're either a rock star or an opera diva.”
“One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time”
“Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.”
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