I was an elementary school teacher.
Why should be elite, music? Excuse me. Music must be for everybody.
It is a very honest world, our work. I think you cannot fake anything.
I am more than delighted to come back to Washington, DC. I just have the best memories for this great city and I very much hope that the audience will enjoy this special evening as much as we enjoy being there the last time performing for you.
People have a right to criticize.
If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.
You don't need any brains to listen to music.
Am I afraid of high notes? Of course I am afraid. What sane man is not?
It is not always a matter of wild ovations and legendary performances. Sometimes you are just happy to get through an opera without trouble.
I am open to everything.
People think I'm disciplined. It is not discipline. It is devotion. There is a great difference.
If I could live my life over again, there is one thing I would change. I would want to be able to eat less.
As an art form, opera is a rare and remarkable creation. For me, it expresses aspects of the human drama that cannot be expressed in any other way, or certainly not as beautifully.
It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.
I received a beautiful welcome to the world of music. I want to give something back to the younger generation.
Some say the word 'pop' is a derogatory word to say 'not important' - I do not accept that. If the word 'classic' is the word to say 'boring,' I do not accept. There is good and bad music.
If I go three days without vocalizing, the voice is gone.
Children should be given the chance to play instruments, to sing.
I've been buying the same lambrusco from Correggio [a town between Reggio-Emilia and Modena] since 1965.
I remember quite well that 10,000 audience sang with us three on the spot, and ever since then, I always thought the Chinese audience are the greatest audience.
Some singers want the audience to love them. I love the audience.
If this man can express himself with the soul and the willpower that he has, even in singing, he certainly will be a big star.
For all three of us, the Caracalla concert was a major event in our lives. I hope I am not immodest to think it was also unforgettable for most of the people who were present.
Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent, and this is what I have devoted my life to.