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No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

I never can hear a crowd of people singing and gesticulating, all together, at an Italian opera, without fancying myself at Athens, listening to that particular tragedy, by Sophocles, in which he introduces a full chorus of turkeys, who set about bewailing the death of Meleager.

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845) American poet, critic, and short-story writer.