One can’t judge Wagner’s opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don’t intend to hear it a second time.
Gioachino Antonio Rossini Quotes
How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.
Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool.
Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.
I don’t think you can really appreciate Lohengrin on first hearing. And I certainly do not intend to hear it a second time!
Give me a laundry list and I’ll set it to music.
Answer them (critics) with silence and indifference. It works better, I assure you, than anger and argument.
Wagner is a composer who has beautiful moments but awful quarter hours.