Cricket is first and foremost a dramatic spectacle. It belongs with theatre, ballet, opera and the dance.
And I often dream of chemistry at night, dreams that conflate the past and the present, the grid of the periodic table transformed to the grid of Manhattan. […] Sometimes, too, I dream of the indecipherable language of tin (a confused memory, perhaps, of its plaintive “cry”). But my favorite dream is of going to the opera (I am Hafnium), sharing a box at the Met with the other heavy transition metals my old and valued friends Tantalum, Rhenium, Osmium, Iridium, Platinum, Gold, and Tungsten.oliver sacks
The climax of absurdity to which the art may be carried, when led away from nature by fashion, may be best seen in the works of Boucher... His landscape, of which he was evidently fond, is pastoral; and such pastorality! the pastoral of the opera house.john constable
I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.Sir Edward Victor Appleton
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.wystan hugh auden
Some of the opera houses in Italy had to be burnt down because people could neither see nor hear. They gave up seeing years ago, but they did enjoy the music.philip johnson
We would prefer to see the House run bya philistine with the requisite financial acumen than by the succession of opera and ballet lovers who have brought a great and valuable institution to its knees.Gerald Kaufman
Like German opera, too long and too loud.
Tutte le opera, che si veggono fatte dallo Iddio della Natura in cielo ed in terra, sono tutte di Scultura.Benvenuto Cellini
L'huomo, in somma, è un picciol mondo, et è perfettissima e compiutissima opera di Dio.stefano guazzo
You have taken far too much trouble over your opera. Here in England that is mere waste of time. What the English like is something that they can beat time to, something that hits them straight on the drum of the ear.george frideric handel
I regard the people as a great being, inspired by a single idea. This is my problem. I strove to solve it in this opera.modest mussorgsky
A deep, deep sadness. You know there's a theologian named Michael Novack who's quoted as saying that 'a community is better off losing its opera house, or its museum, or its CHURCH' — here's a theologian speaking — 'than its ball team'. Brooklyn has never been the same since the Dodgers were taken away.
So long as it doesn't get to the point where you don't remember whose opera you're listening to, I'm willing to experiment.beverly sills
The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will know all the tunes before the opera begins.ralph vaughan williams
I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts.
No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.wystan hugh auden
The Don's difficult role never seemed to tax Juozapaitis excellent dramatic voice. Throughout the opera listeners were charmed by his great expressive range as he moved with ease from comic exchanges with Leporello to tender love sings.vytautas juozapaitis
L'huomo, in somma, è un picciol mondo, et è perfettissima e compiutissima opera di Dio.
I regard the people as a great being, inspired by a single idea. This is my problem. I strove to solve it in this opera.
I used to work in the cotton fields a lot when I was young. There were a lot of African Americans working out there. A lot of Mexicans - the blacks and the whites and the Mexicans, all out there singing, and it was like an opera in the cotton fields, and I can still hear it in the music that I write and play today.
opera is where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings.robert benchley
With Vytautas Juozapaitis as a perfectly evil Don Giovanni, the Teatro Lirico d'Europa seduced an audience of about 850 at the Garde Arts Center Monday night. Juozapaitis, a singer with the Lithuanian National opera, stood out as the despicable title character of this most famous of Mozart operas. He took over the stage with both his supple and strong voice as well as a stage presence that seemed so natural it was hard to look at him without thinking he was Don Giovanni.vytautas juozapaitis