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Funny Quotations about Opera

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Opera, the grand synthesis of music, drama, and visual spectacle, has been a pinnacle of artistic expression for centuries. Its profound ability to communicate the depths of human emotion, coupled with its monumental scale, has made it a transformative medium that transcends language and culture. From the most intimate arias to the grandest choruses, opera touches the heart, stirs the soul, and takes audiences on a journey of unparalleled emotional intensity.

This collection of funny quotations offers a glimpse into the majestic world of opera. They reflect the perspectives of composers, performers, and audiences, shedding light on the creative process, the beauty of the operatic art form, and the transformative experience of the opera house. Whether you are a seasoned aficionado, a performer, or a newcomer to this magnificent art form, these quotations will deepen your appreciation of opera, offering a multifaceted exploration of its power, beauty, and enduring appeal.

"Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive." Moliere (French comic dramatist, 1622-73)

"The opera is to music what a bawdy house is to a cathedral." H. L. Mencken (American journalist and literary critic, 1880-1956)

"Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong." Terry Pratchett (English fantasy writer, 1948-2015)

"In opera, there is always too much singing." Claude Debussy (French composer, 1862-1918)

"No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible." W. H. Auden (English poet, 1907-73)

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings." Ed Gardner (American radio comedian, 1901-63)

"I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand." Edward Appleton (English physicist, 1892-1965)

"The opera ain't over 'til the fat lady sings." Dan Cook (American journalist, 1926-2008)

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian. H. L. Mencken (American journalist and literary critic, 1880-1956)

"Italian chefs screaming risotto recipes at each other." Aristotle Onassis (Greek shipping magnate, 1906-75)

"Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o'clock. After it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6.20." David Randolph (American conductor, 1914-2010)

"The first act of the three occupied two hours. I enjoyed that in spite of the singing." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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