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"Aria" is Italian for "a song that will not end in your lifetime."
Dave Barry

I go to the opera whether I need the sleep or not.
Henry Youngman

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.
H. L. Mencken

I'm sitting in the opera, and I'm thinking, "Look how much work it takes to bore me."
Dave Attell

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding he sings.
Ed Gardner

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.
Hannah More

I sometimes wonder, which would be nicer - an opera without an interval, or an interval
without an opera.
Ernest Newman

Isn't it a shame when those big fat opera singers lean against the pianos and bend them?
Victor Borge

Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.
James Stephens

We're a very expensive group; we break a lot of rules. It's unheard of to combine opera with
a rock theme, my dear.
Freddie Mercury

I went to watch Pavarotti once. He doesn't like it when you join in.
Mick Miller

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It
starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left
the opera house.
Maria Callas

I love the opera. You can't sleep at home like that.
Janice Morden

The only thing worse than opera is someone who hums along with opera.
Josh Lanyon

I cannot go to the opera, because I have forsworn all expense which does not end in pleasing
me.
Charles Townshend

I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera.
Luciano Pavarotti

I do not mind which language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don't understand.
Edward Appleton

What opera isn't violent? Two things happen, violence and love. And other than that, name
something else. You can't.
Cab Calloway

It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic.
Mariah Carey

No operatic tenor has yet died soon enough for me.
Thomas Beecham

If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera.
Sarah Caldwell