“The taxpayers cannot be relied upon to support performing arts such as opera. As a taxpayer, I am forced to admit that I would rather undergo a vasectomy via Weed Whacker than attend an opera.”
“The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge.”
“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”
“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”
W. H. Auden
“I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.”
Sir Edward Appleton
“If an opera cannot be played by an organ grinder, it's not going to achieve immortality.”
Sir Thomas Beecham
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