I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don’t understand.
Sir Edward Victor Appleton

The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will know all the tunes before the opera begins.
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process.
Kenneth Clark

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance.
Victor Borge

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 Rossini

Every time I listen to Wagner, I get the urge to invade Poland.
Woody Allen / Oscar Wilde

Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on his backside.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour.
Gioacchino Rossini

I have been told that Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
Mark Twain