“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.”
“[This is just one of a vast number of plays and operas Stein has scheduled over the next five years, including Oedipus at Colonus with Michel Piccoli in Paris, a trio of Tchaikovsky's Pushkin-based operas in Lyons, Henze's The Bassarids in Amsterdam, Monteverdi's Return of Ulysses in Strasbourg, Botho Strauss's The Park in Italy and Shakespeare's Richard II in Russia.] It's a nightmare, ... I think I should cancel some. Or perhaps I should ask them to give me the money now so that, when I die, they will have paid me a third without getting the show. Then I can spin in my grave laughing.”