- I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
Observer 28 August 1955 1892–1965 English physicist: in
- No opera plot can be sensible, for in sensible situations people do not sing. An opera plot must be, in both senses of the word, a melodrama.
Times Literary Supplement 2 November 1967 1907–73 English poet: in
- People are wrong when they say that the opera isn't what it used to be. It is what it used to be—that's what's wrong with it.
Design for Living (1933) 1899–1973 English dramatist, actor, and composer:
- Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings.
Duffy's Tavern (US radio programme, 1940s) 1901–63 American radio comedian: in
- An exotic and irrational entertainment, which has been always combated, and always has prevailed.
of Italian opera
Lives of the English Poets (1779–81) ‘Hughes’ 1709–84 English poet, critic, and lexicographer:
- 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.
The Age of Innocence (1920) bk. 1, ch. 1 1862–1937 American novelist: