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I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is an language I do not understand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If music in general is an imitation of history, opera in particular is an imitation of human willfulness; it is rooted in the fact that we not only have feelings but insist upon having them at whatever cost to ourselves. The quality common to all the great operatic roles, e.g., Don Giovanni, Norma, Lucia, Tristan, Isolde, Brnnhilde, is that each of them is a passionate and willful state of being. In real life they would all be bores, even Don Giovanni.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Opera once was an important social instrument -- especially in Italy. With Rossini and Verdi people were listening to opera together and having the same catharsis with the same story, the same moral dilemmas. They were holding hands in the darkness. That has gone. Now perhaps they are holding hands watching television.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you have to be in a soap opera try not to get the worst role.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I never was an opera fan -- about twenty-five musically supreme masterpieces in this curious medium apart.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Soap Opera Woman: Excuse me.
Wiley: Excuse me.
Soap Opera Woman: Hey. Could we do that again? I know we haven't met, but I don't want to be an ant. You know? I mean, it's like we go through life with our antennas bouncing off one another, continously on ant autopilot, with nothing really human required of us. Stop. Go. Walk here. Drive there. All action basically for survival. All communication simply to keep this ant colony buzzing along in an efficient, polite manner. "Here's your change." "Paper or plastic?' "Credit or debit?" "You want ketchup with that?" I don't want a straw. I want real human moments. I want to see you. I want you to see me. I don't want to give that up. I don't want to be ant, you know?More [10/23/2005 12:10:00]
Dr. Fritz Fassbender: My father, the most beloved gynecologist in Vienna, before they took him away on a morals charge for indecent exposure at the State Opera House, said, and I quote: "Please do not take me away, I will not do it again."
Victor Skakapopulis: Brilliant quote.
Dr. Fritz Fassbender: He was a brilliant pervert.More [01/06/2006 12:01:00]
I'm Opera Singer. I can sing Brecht, Weil.More [03/20/2006 12:03:00]
I'm starring in the Vodafone mobile soap opera Random Place. I didn't have to learn any lines because there is no speaking. The story is written underneath the picture.More [03/28/2006 12:03:00]
I wanted to thank the Hispanic people in Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South America and here, who supported my soap opera. It was the viewing power that made that soap the #1 soap opera in the world.More [05/08/2006 12:05:00]
We started rehearsals at the Royal Opera House. I hadn't ever done a two-person play before. Woody agrees that it's probably the most demanding production that we've both done.More [05/23/2006 12:05:00]
Like an opera singer, I am able to sing out my song in paint.More [06/20/2006 12:06:00]
I was getting soap opera offers, and my sisters were doing commercials and stuff, but I was looking for something else.More [08/12/2006 12:08:00]
Well, y'know, I did a soap opera for a long time. A lot of it was so vapid, and you had to keep trying to make it about something that, generally, the words weren't about.More [11/07/2006 12:11:00]
I was more of a light opera singer, not really much of a lounge singer.More [02/08/2007 12:02:00]
Mary Jane: They said I need acting lessons. Can you believe that? A soap opera told me I need acting lessons.More [03/18/2007 12:03:00]
Mina Murray: Oh it makes me so happy to be at the Opera! I love this palace of art and beauty!
Jonathan Harker: Johnathan: Oh yes my dear, the Opera is astonishing! The music is frothed with love, hate, sensuality and unbridled passion!... All the things in my life I've managed to suppress so far.More [06/27/2007 12:06:00]
ďI'm a fan of the opera and I was in there looking around, and I saw this beautiful and colorful ceramic cookie jar, made to resemble an opera singer. I bought it on the spot. I think I paid about $125 for it.ĒMore [09/06/2007 12:09:00]
'Gone With The Wind' is one of the all-time greats. Read Margaret Mitchell's book and watch the film again; it's a soap opera in all its glory. It is superb and memorable.More [10/05/2007 12:10:00]
DJ Ruby Rhod: And now we enter what must the most beautiful concert hall of all the universe. A perfect replica of the old opera house... But who cares?More [11/07/2007 12:11:00]
Radio DJ: You're listening to Radio Cosmos, and it is now 5 p.m. Time to join Ruby Rhod and Korben Dallas, the lucky winner of the Gemini Croquette contest. Coming at you live from Fhloston...
DJ Ruby Rhod: Paradise! Ruby Rhod at your service for two hours with lucky Korben and the manager of this supergreen hotel and Miss Gemini Croquette in person and 8,000 other lucksters here to enjoy the priviledge of the unique concert of Miss Plavalaguna!... Bzzzzzz! And now we enter what must be the most beautiful concert hall of all the universe! A perfect replica of the old opera house... but who cares? To my right, a row of ministers, more sinisters then ministers. To my left, Baby Ray, star of stage and screen. He's not gonna get much out of this concert cause he's stone deaf!
Baby Ray: [Signing Autographs] To who?
DJ Ruby Rhod: And here we have Roy Von Baker, king of laser ball. And here the Emporer of Kodar Japhet and his lovely daughter. "I love to sing," she recently confessed to me. By the way, I have a recording of her talented voice.
[Sexual Moans]
DJ Ruby Rhod: I'll play the rest of the song after the concert cause right now it's time for Korben to say the word of the day. Tell me, my man, you happy here in the big world?
Korben Dallas: ...Thrilled.
DJ Ruby Rhod: And now, champagne!
[Takes a glass of champagne]
DJ Ruby Rhod: Commercial! Commercial!... Bzzzzz!More [11/07/2007 12:11:00]
Anthony Vito Corleone: [wanting to go on his own being an opera singer instead of a lawyer] I will always be your son, but I will never have anything to do with your business.More [12/26/2007 12:12:00]
A great opera house isn't run by a director, but by a great administrator.More [05/16/2008 12:05:00]
I have also just finished three weeks on a soap opera in England. The soap opera is a rather famous one called Crossroads. It was first on television 25 years ago, and it has recently been brought back. I play the part of a businessman called David Wheeler.More [06/23/2008 12:06:00]
Many years ago I was in another soap opera called The Newcomers which was on twice a week for three years. I really don't think I could do another stint like that again.More [06/23/2008 12:06:00]
Baby: Earl Crest, you better get over here. I can't be no soap opera actress if I'm missin' digits.More [08/08/2008 12:08:00]
Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond:
I'll bet we'll be the best-dressed people there. That's all anybody goes to the opera for.



Jimmy Kirk:
I thought they only went to hear the music.



Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond:
Sure, but those people sit up in the balcony.

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Rufus T. Firefly:
I'll see you at the opera tonight. I'll hold your seat till you get there. After you get there you're on your own.

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Lily Garland, aka Mildred Plotka:
All those opera tenors, acrobats, that Italian bicycle rider I told you about... they're all lies. The only man in my life was that cavalier in there. Oscar Jaffe.

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Mrs. Claypool:
If you had any real feeling for me you'd stop associating with the kind of riffraff I've seen you going around with.



Otis B. Driftwood:
You mean Gottlieb?



Mrs. Claypool:
I mean those two uncouth men I saw you around the opera house with. I'm very grateful they're not on board the boat.



Otis B. Driftwood:
Why, have they slipped off?

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Otis B. Driftwood:
You see that spaghetti? Now, behind that spaghetti is none other than Herman Gottlieb, director of the New York Opera Company. Do you follow me?



Mrs. Claypool:
Yes.



Otis B. Driftwood:
Well stop following me or I'll have you arrested!

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Charlie Chan:
Roses and romance like tenor in opera - sing most persuasive love song.

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Mr. Arnold:
My name's Arnold. I'm stage manager here, and this opera is going on tonight even if Frankenstein walks in.

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Jack Burley:
[referring to Mary Blake] Well, there’s no law against an opera singer being slender, young and beautiful.

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Elderly Barnaby:
You, an opera singer? BAH! I've wasted twenty year waiting foe you! Take this tin cup and sing in the streets, where you belong!



Alfalfa:
Me, "The Great Alfalfa?" Sing in the gutter?



Elderly Barnaby:
Yes, I have you in me power! Don't forget; you signed a contract! Sing!



Alfalfa:
[crying] Yeas, sir...

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Spanky:
You'll be sorry about this! Someday I'll be a big producer on Broadway, and you'll be singin' your opera in the street with a tin cup in your hand!



Alfalfa:
[snootily] Is that so?



Spanky:
Yes, that's so!

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Spanky:
For old time's sake, I'm gonna give you another chance. Now, how'd you like to work for me again?



Porky:
O-tay!



Spanky:
How about you, Alfalfa?



Darla:
Oh, c'mon Alfalfa; croon just one song, an' you'll make hundreds an' thousands of dollars!



Alfalfa:
I will NOT croon.



Spanky:
Do you mean to tell me that you haven't given up opera yet?



Alfalfa:
I'm a slave to my art!

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Harry Kipper:
I've had Rebecca on my hands for some time now. It's been quite a burden. Of course, I'm only too glad to take care of the child, even though she really isn't my own. But lately, I've had several financial reverses.



Aunt Miranda Wilkins:
What you're trying to tell me is you want me to take the child off your hands.



Harry Kipper:
I'd hardly put it that way, Miranda, but that's the general idea.



Aunt Miranda Wilkins:
You listen to me, Harry Kipper. I'll take Rebecca, but only on one condition. You've got to promise to let me have her for good, so I can give her the right kind of upbringing. I don't want her to come to a bad end like her mother.



Harry Kipper:
Your sister didn't do so bad. You're just against show people.



Aunt Miranda Wilkins:
Show people! If Bess hadn't eloped with that opera singer who died without a cent, she wouldn't have had to marry a no-good like you!

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[Longer introduction to "The Nutcracker Suite"]



Narrator:
You know, it's funny how wrong an artist can be about his own work. The one composition of Tchaikovsky's that he really detested was his "Nutcracker Suite", which is probably the most popular thing he ever wrote. It's a series of dances taken out of a full-length ballet called "The Nutcracker" that he once composed for the St. Petersburg Opera House. It wasn't much of a success and nobody performs it nowadays, but I'm pretty sure you'll recognize the music of the suite when you hear it. Incidentally, you won't see any nutcracker on the screen; there's nothing left of him but the title.

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[longer introduction to "Dance of the Hours"]



Narrator:
Now we're going to do one of the most famous and popular ballets ever written: the "Dance of the Hours" from Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda". It's a pageant of the hours of the day. We see first a group of dancers in costumes to suggest the delicate light of dawn. Then a second group enters dressed to represent the brilliant light of noon day. As these withdraw, a third group enters in costumes that suggest the delicate tones of early evening. Then a last group, all in black, the somber hours of the night. Suddenly, the orchestra bursts into a brilliant finale in which the hours of darkness are overcome by the hours of light. All this takes place in the great hall, with its garden beyond, of the palace of Duke Alvise, a Venetian nobleman.

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Narrator:
[introducing "The Dance of the Hours"] Now we're going to do one of the most famous and popular ballets ever written, from Ponchielli's opera "La Gioconda" It's a pageant of the hours of the day. All this takes place in the Great Hall with its garden beyond of the palace of Duke Alvisa, a Venetian nobleman.

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[On Kane finishing Leland's bad review of Susan's opera singing]



Thompson:
Everybody knows that story, Mr. Leland. But why did he do it? How could a man write a notice like that?



Leland:
You just don't know Charlie. He thought that by finishing that notice he could show me he was an honest man. He was always trying to prove something. The whole thing about Susie being an opera singer, that was trying to prove something. You know what the headline was the day before the election, "Candidate Kane found in love nest with quote, singer, unquote." He was gonna take the quotes off the singer.

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Gerry Jeffers:
Isn't it wonderful?



Tom Jeffers:
Sensational. But you haven't quite answered my question yet.



Gerry Jeffers:
What question, dear?



Tom Jeffers:
Why this alleged old man gave you - how much is it?



Gerry Jeffers:
Seven hundred dollars.



Tom Jeffers:
Seven hundred dollars. Why?



Gerry Jeffers:
No reason.



Tom Jeffers:
Oh, is that so? He just - seven hundred dollars? Just like that?



Gerry Jeffers:
Just like that.



Tom Jeffers:
I mean, sex didn't even enter into it.



Tom Jeffers:
Oh, but of course it did, darling. I don't think he'd have given it to me if I had hair like excelsior and little short legs like an alligator. Sex always has something to do with it, dear.



Tom Jeffers:
I see.



Gerry Jeffers:
From the time you're about so big and wondering why your girlfriends' fathers are getting so arch all of a sudden. Nothing wrong - just an overture to the opera that's coming.

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Enrique Claudin:
Mademoiselle, may I speak to you for a minute?



Christine DuBois:
Why, of course.



Enrique Claudin:
You weren't on the stage tonight for the third act curtain call.



Christine DuBois:
Everyone seems to notice. It's really quite flattering.



Enrique Claudin:
[Becoming concerned] Why weren't you there?


[Christine is puzzled]



Enrique Claudin:
Forgive me, but I have been a part of the Opera for so long. Everybody, everything connected with it, I feel it is so much a part of my life.


[Christine pauses, then smiles]



Christine DuBois:
Yes, well, Monsieur Villeneuve is waiting for you.



Enrique Claudin:
You weren't ill, were you? You're not in any trouble, are you? Why it's impertinent of me, I know, but...


[Claudin stalls, soon Christine kindly shakes his hand and smiles]



Christine DuBois:
You're very kind. Thank you.


[Christine starts to leave]



Enrique Claudin:
CHRISTINE!


[Christine turns back to Claudin in shock, Claudin soon realizes his mistake]



Enrique Claudin:
I'm sorry. Forgive me.

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Amiot:
[Upon hearing about a thief in the opera house] Call the police at once! This must be stopped!



Vereheres:
Monsieur, I'm afraid the police can't stop that. It's he.



Amiot:
Who?


[VEREHERES begins to make gestures at his nose and chin]



Amiot:
Oh, please. Don't start that nonsense again, Vercheres. At your age, you ought to know that there aren't any ghosts.



Vereheres:
Monsieur, you are skeptical, but I don't like ghosts. I'm a busy man.



Lecours:
What's that?



Amiot:
Oh, our brilliant stage manager insists there's a malicious ghost prowling about the Opera. If anything goes wrong, he thinks this ghost did it!



Vereheres:
Oh, monsieur...


[to LECOURS, again making gestures to his nose and chin]



Vereheres:
He has a long nose, and a big red beard!



Lecours:
You make me nervous!

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Marina Cooper #6:
I don't know about you guys, but I've always wanted to go to Hawaii.



Henry Cooper:
Uh-huh, warm weather, big old palm trees, I don't know about you, but it sounds about perfect to me.



Harley Davidson Cooper Mallet Spaulding Aituro:
Just about perfect.



Alan Cooper 'Zach' Spaulding:
[Has headphones on] All I hear is weird people talking.



Marina Cooper #6:
Oh, that's just my soap opera podcast.



Henry Cooper:
Weird people-- what have you been listening to? Give me that. Zach, I think you'll like this a little better. And Harley, I think you'll like this, too, this band is amazing. Hey!



Harley Davidson Cooper Mallet Spaulding Aituro:
[Distracted] I'm sorry, what?



Henry Cooper:
I'm just saying I'm glad we're all finally together, you know, hanging out.



Harley Davidson Cooper Mallet Spaulding Aituro:
Me, too.

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Henri:
Will you to the opera go with me tomorrow night, mademoiselle? While you make up your mind, let me remind you of the ladies of the Spanish court, who always kept their pet apes by their side so that they themselves would look more beautiful.



Myriamme Hayam:
Is your wit always turned against yourself, Monsieur Lautrec?

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Irene:
She called him a creep! And you know what you said you'd do to her the next time she was rude to somebody.



Mr. Bullock:
You bet I remember. I said I - hey, it was *you* I said that to.



Angelica:
It was not. It was me. And I've never been so humiliated in my life! You said it was stupid of me to go to the opera in weather like this without long underwear.



Mr. Bullock:
*You* said that to *me*, and in front of all those people!



Angelica:
And if that isn't humiliating, I don't know what is, especially at a benefit. You didn't even send them a check.



Cordelia:
What about my car!



Angelica:
No, honey. They want money.

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Mrs. Kendall:
[she and her son are leaving after having forced the Petries to listen to her son singing an opera for two and a half hours] Oh, and I do hope Mrs. Petrie's headache goes away.



Rob Petrie:
[ushering her out] Oh, I think it's leaving. Don't worry.

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Paul Varjak:
Sing Sing?



Holly Golightly:
[she gargles] . Yes. I always thought it was a ridiculous name for a prison. Sing Sing, I mean. Sounds more like it should be an opera house or something.

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The Phantom:
I am going to teach you to sing, Christine. I am going to give you a new voice! A voice so wonderful that theatres all over the world will be filled with your admirers. You will be the greatest star the opera has ever known. Greater than the greatest! And when you sing, Christine, you will be singing only... for me.

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Victor:
[To Nicole after Brady rejects her for Chloe] You know Nicole, at the end of the opera the rejected lover hangs herself. You'll let me know if you need any rope.

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King Friday XIII:
I trust that you will tell the world about our royal news.



Officer Clemmons:
I'll be very glad to, King Friday. I'll also be able to tell another neighborhood about your wonderful news.



King Friday XIII:
Another neighborhood? What do you mean?



Officer Clemmons:
Well you see, I just received this telegram notifying me that I've been accepted by the Metropolitan Opera Studio in another city.



King Friday XIII:
Another city?



Officer Clemmons:
Yes. My wife and I will be leaving next week.



King Friday XIII:
You'll not be a policeman anymore?



Officer Clemmons:
I'm going to be a full time opera singer.



Lady Elaine Fairchilde:
Oh... I'll bet you'll go away forever. I'll bet he'll leave forever.



Officer Clemmons:
No I won't, Lady Elaine, I'll come back and visit all my friends here.

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Mr. McFeely:
That looks like a whole lot of soap, Lady Elaine.



Lady Elaine Fairchilde:
That's it. We're making a soap opera here so I figured we'd need a lot of soap.

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Lady Elaine Fairchilde:
[Reardon has just sung a beautiful, powerful opera song] Oh! I think the opera should be just the two of us. No bubbles of frills. Just two lovely voices blending in the breeze. I, Hildegard Hummingbird, and you, the TV news man.



Reardon:
Well, er... Whom do you think I should be?



Lady Elaine Fairchilde:
You should have a television news program that tells all about me. I could be the hummingbird who pops bubbles in Bubbleland.



Reardon:
Oh, well it sounds different anyway.

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King Friday XIII:
What an excellent thought this was of mine to have you build this mountain... I have another thought.



Lady Aberlin:
Oh, you don't have another thought just today, do you, Uncle Friday?



King Friday XIII:
Yes I do.



Lady Aberlin:
Another thought?



King Friday XIII:
Another thought.



Lady Aberlin:
Well, um, what is it?



King Friday XIII:
Since I like this mountain so much, I think it would be nice to have an opera which takes place on this mountain.

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[about Madame Petrova]



Watson:
They say twelve men have died for her.



Holmes:
Really?



Watson:
Six commited suicide, four were killed in duels and one fell out of the gallery of the Vienna Opera House.



Holmes:
That's only eleven.



Watson:
The man who fell from the gallery landed on top of another man in the orchestra.



Holmes:
That makes an even dozen... in a messy sort of way.

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