“OPERA, n. A play representing life in another world, whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures and no postures but attitudes. All acting is simulation, and the word
_simulation_ is from _simia_, an ape; but in opera the actor takes for his model _Simia audibilis_ (or _Pithecanthropos stentor_) --the ape that howls.
The actor apes a man --at least in shape; The opera performer apes and ape.”
“If there ever was someone that one can call a real star today and a world-famous opera singer during her time then that was Frau Nilsson. What's more, she was a totally normal modest person with a lot of self-irony.”