Wagner: David Randolph


Parsifal is the kind of opera that starts at six o’clock. After it has been going three hours, you look at your watch and it says 6.20.

David Randolph 1914-2010

‘An Encyclopaedia of Quotations about Music’ (1978) ed. Nat Shapiro

I don’t know why it should be, but all the men I have ever met who loved opera were Wagner fanatics. I know very few (actually no) female Wagnerians. I love Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet – and a few others. I think Wagnerophiles regard these composers as acceptable providers of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, but only their man can provide a proper main course.

The illustration is of Elizabeth Rethberg via Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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