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“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.”
—Noël Coward

“In opera there is always too much singing.”
—Debussy

“I want the classical operas produced as if they were modern, and vice versa.”
—Berg

“The singers think they’re going to be heard, and I’m going to make jolly well certain that they are not!”
—Thomas Beecham, preparing the London premiere of Elektra

“No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.”
—W. H. Auden