Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.
Success is important only to the extent that it puts one in a position to do more things one likes to do.
If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.
We must continuously discipline ourselves to I remember how it felt the first moment.
If you approach an opera as though it were something that always went a certain way, that's what you get. I approach an opera as though I didn't know it.
You know the amount of money you should have - you don't have it. To stimulate more, you just need to perform. What knocked us out finally was not enough money for both productions and building maintenance. It's not that we didn't want to do it - we couldn't.
Music - opera particularly - is a process which is endurable or successful only if it is achieved by people who love to collaborate.
The fact is that great musical pieces take and hold the stage because they provide great emotional experiences.
I enjoy doing both of them very much, concert work particularly, and the division varies from season to season.
That's what it is that you rehearse - the making of music, not the playing of notes as abstractions.
As the director of an opera, it is my responsibility to unify the style of the particular performance, but one can certainly approach the piece from different points of view. That's what makes it interesting and keeps it alive.