Expressions of disapproval are on a level of vulgarity that cannot be tolerated. The way to express disapproval is to do without applause.
There are two sighs of relief every night in the life of an opera manager. The first comes when the curtain goes up The second sigh of relief comes when the final curtain goes down without any disaster, and one realizes, gratefully, that the miracle has happened again.
We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames.
I will not enter into a public feud with Madame Callas, since I am well aware that she has considerably greater competence and experience at that kind of thing than I have.
How nice the human voice is when it isn't singing.
We want an ensemble of stars, not comets.
They have a disease of the throat.
The opera always loses money. That's as it should be. Opera has no business making money.
I prefer to remember the happy things over 10 years, the things that went well. Let me see, what did go well?
I don't want them to come in with a white tie, and I don't want them to come in a black tie. But I do want them to come in a tie.
I am perfectly happy to believe that nobody likes us but the public.