“I love Italian opera- it’s so reckless. Damn Wagner , and his bellowings at Fate and Death. Damn Debussy, and his adverted face I like the Italians like Rossini who run all on impulse, don’t care a damn about their immortal souls, and don’t worry about the ultimate."
D H Lawrence (1913)
"I have cried three times in my life: once at the fiasco of the opening night of Barber; the second when I heard Patti sing for the first time and once when I, while on a picnic cruise, inadvertently tipped a truffle-stuffed turkey into Lake Como."