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Opera Quotes

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Robert Benchley
“Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.”
Robert Benchley

“Love is a rebellious bird,
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain,
if it suits him not to come.”
Ludovic Halévy

“None of us can choose where we shall love...”
Susan Kay, Phantom

Charles  Hart
“Floating, falling, sweet intoxication. Touch me, trust me, savor each sensation. Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in to the power of the music of the night.”
Charles Hart, The Phantom of the Opera: Piano/Vocal

Gaston Leroux
“They played at hearts as other children might play at ball; only, as it was really their two hearts that they flung to and fro, they had to be very, very handy to catch them, each time, without hurting them.”
Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

E.A. Bucchianeri
“Theatres are curious places, magician's trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramtic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Maria Callas
“You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.

Maria Callas
tags: art, opera

Terry Pratchett
“Well, basically there are two sorts of opera," said Nanny, who also had the true witch's ability to be confidently expert on the basis of no experience whatsoever. "There's your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like "Oh oh oh, I am dyin', oh I am dyin', oh oh oh, that's what I'm doin'", and there's your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes "Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!", although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That's basically all of opera, reely.”
Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
tags: opera

“My mind has touched the farthest horizons of mortal imagination and reaches ever outward to embrace infinity. There is no knowledge beyond my comprehension, no art or skill upon this entire planet that lies beyond the mastery of my hand. And yet, like Faust, I look in vain, I learn in vain. . . . For as long as I live, no woman will ever look on me in love.”
Susan Kay, Phantom

Terry Pratchett
“The Departure Aria, a very important and romantic song -
This damn door sticks,
This damn door sticks
It sticks no matter what I do.
It is marked 'pull' and indeed I am pulling
Perhaps it should be marked 'push'?

Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
tags: opera

Josh Lanyon
“The only thing worse than opera is someone who hums along with opera.”
Josh Lanyon, A Dangerous Thing

“I had reached up and pulled the castle of dreams down around him.”
Susan Kay

Terry Pratchett
“Dedication: My thanks to the people who showed me that opera was stranger than I could imagine. I can best repay their kindness by not mentioning their names here.”
Terry Pratchett, Maskerade

Philip K. Dick
“I can see Richard Wagner standing at the gates of heaven. "You have to let me in," he says. "I wrote Parsifal. It has to do with the Grail, Christ, suffering, pity and healing. Right?" And they answer, "Well, we read it and it makes no sense." SLAM.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS

Cheryl Cory
“For the love of God, unless you’re prepping for Rigoletto at the Met, go easy on the eyeliner.”
Cheryl Cory

David Markson
“You can learn more by going to the opera than you ever can by reading Emerson. Like that there are two sexes.”
David Markson

Victor Borge
“(Referring to the piano's natural shape) Isn't it a shame when those big fat opera singers lean against the pianos and bend them?”
Victor Borge

Georges Bizet
“Love is rebellious bird that nobody can tame, and it's all in vain to call it if it chooses to refuse.”
Georges Bizet

H.L. Mencken
“The opera…is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral.”
H. L. Mencken
tags: opera

Mariah Carey
“It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic.”
Mariah Carey

Haruki Murakami
“Opera lovers may be the narrowest people in the world.”
Haruki Murakami, After the Quake

Gabriel García Márquez
“Without a doubt it was Dr. Urbino's most contagious initiative, for opera fever infected the most surprising elements in the city and gave rise to a whole generation of Isoldes and Otellos and Aidas and Siegfrieds. But it never reached the extremes Dr. Urbino had hoped for, which was to see Italianizers and Wagnerians confronting each other with sticks and canes during the intermissions.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
tags: opera

“I want you to take off the mask, Erik, do you hear me? I want you to take it off right now.
-Luciana”
Susan Kay

Emilia Pardo Bazán
“La dictadura es como una aria y nunca llega a ser ópera.”
Emilia Pardo Bazán

E.A. Bucchianeri
“That´s the problem with planning a late night supper after the opera, not only does the hero or the heroine die singing, but you end up famished after the last notes of the finale.”
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,

Emilia Pardo Bazán
“The dictatorship is like an aria that never becomes an opera.”
Emilia Pardo Bazán

“Ah! Pauvre ami, comme il m'aimait!”
Massenet Jules

Donna Leon
“Let me try to explain it this way. During a performance, it is the conductor who keeps things together, sees that the singers maintain the right tempi, that the orchestra supports them, that the entrances are on time, that neither is allowed to get away from the other. And he must also see that the orchestra’s playing doesn’t get too loud, that the crescendi build and are dramatic but, at the same time, don’t drown out the singers. When a conductor hears this happening, he can quiet them with a flick of his hand or a finger to the mouth.’ To illustrate, the musician demonstrated the gestures that Brunetti had seen performed during many concerts and operas.

‘And he must, at every moment, be in charge of everything: chorus, singers, orchestra, keeping them in balance perfectly. If he doesn’t do this, then the whole thing falls apart, and all anyone hears is the separate parts, not the whole opera as a unit.”
donna leon, Death at La Fenice

Anthony T. Hincks
“We each have an opera of emotions.”
Anthony T. Hincks

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