Quotable Opera: Aria Ready for a Laugh? (Quotable Books)ISBN: 092015154X;
Book DescriptionWhat they said when they were not singing. Here are hundreds of quotes that highlight the wit, wisdom and lunacy of the opera world. Luminaries Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Caruso, Ruffo, Chaliapin, Melba, Sills, Callas, Toscanini, Beechamand other more recent personalities have had lots to say about opera, themselves and each other. There are venomous quotes from critics and emotional outbursts by performers and listeners. One hapless society matron tried complimenting soprano EileenFarrell at a reception in her honor with "My dear, you reminded me so much of Kate Smith." The comparison so rattled the diva Farrell that she blurted out, "Well, kiss my ass!" and stormed out. Austrian conductor Franz Schalk is noted for the most emblematic words about opera life: "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables." This book will be a delight for aficionados of opera.
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