Opera quotes

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◆ It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic.
- Mariah Carey100
◆ The foyer at Covent Garden looks like Harrods food hall has offered up its dead
- Jonathan Miller99
◆ Opera is an 18th- and 19th-century art that must find a 20th-century audience.
- Goeran Gentele99
◆ The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge.
- Cleveland Amory99
◆ 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
- Jack Handy99
◆ 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.
- Maria Callas99
◆ Opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.
- Robert Burns99
◆ Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings
- Ed Gardne99
◆ I wouldn't mind seeing opera die. Ever since I was a boy, I regarded opera as a ponderous anachronism, almost the equivalent of smoking
- Frank Lloyd Wright99
◆ Parsifal - the kind of opera that starts at six o'clock and after it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6:20
- David Randolph99
◆ Critics complained it wasn't opera, it wasn't a musical. You give someone something delicious to eat and they complain because they have no name for it.
- Rouben Mamoulian99
◆ Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive.
- Moliere99
◆ I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
- Franco Zeffirelli99
◆ If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.
- Sarah Caldwell99
◆ Opera stars know that biology is destiny. Sometime in their 50s or early 60s, the powerful, flexible and ultimately mysterious instrument that has been the source of their artistry frays, cracks and disappears.
- Michael Walsh99

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