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«One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time»
«Our mistake, you see, was to write interminable large operas, which had to fill an entire evening. And now along comes someone with a one or two-act opera without all that pompous nonsense - that was a happy reform.»
«Music conveys moods and images. Even in opera, where plots deal with the structure of destiny, it's music, not words, that provides power.»
«I have been devoured all my life by an incurable and burning impatience: and to this day find all oratory, biography, operas, films, plays, books, and persons too long»
«An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.»
«A reader who quarrels with postulates, who dislikes Hamlet because he does not believe that there are ghosts or that people speak in pentameters, clearly has no business in literature. He cannot distinguish fiction from fact, and belongs in the same category as the people who send checks to radio stations for the relief of suffering heroines in soap operas.»
Author: Northrop Frye
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«I don't mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.»
«. . . an unalterable and unquestioned law of the musical world required that the German text of French operas sung by Swedish artists should be translated into Italian for the clearer understanding of English-speaking audiences.»
«No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.»
«I'd like to see a nude opera, because when they hit those high notes, I bet you can really see it in those genitals»