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don’t quote me . . . the soprano hall of fame

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 Callas

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don’t quote me . . . the soprano hall of fame

“I felt I could do any coloratura soprano role; I always knew what I was capable of doing. In the performing arts you need ego, a certain self-assurance, or else you’d never have the guts to face an audience.”
–Beverly Sills

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retro Met? (don’t quote me)

Plácido Domingo

 

The one thing I hate at the Met is the note in the program that the public is requested not to interrupt the music with applause. That should be destroyed. What we need is to be encouraged to applaud.
–Plácido Domingo 

 
Fast forward to 2011: Rules about applauding at classical music concerts appear to be relaxing. Even in the bastions of classical music like the Metropolitan Opera, you are likely to hear premature clapping.

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don’t quote me . . .

Netrebko, Alagna / photo by Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

 

Get under a good conductor.
–Anonymous 

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don’t quote me . . .

Pierre Monteux (1875-1964)

I started my career as a violinist. When that became too difficult, I became a viola player. When that became too difficult, I became a conductor. And when I can no longer do anything, I will become a critic.  

–Pierre Monteux  

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