Opera is given so little attention in the national press.
I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent, by my father.
If I felt that one of my operas did not come off I would certainly say so.
Most of the important composers in our country are clustered in the Northeast.
It seems to me opera is just as relevant as an expressive art as anything else.
I think anything that is expressed directly and as honestly as possible will last.
Anyone who creates something new or does something different artistically is going to be singled out.
You can't possibly predict what will last or not. But once you attempt to write for the ages, you're doomed.
Our most intimate contact with civilizations long since dust has been through the art which has survived them.
America tends to worship the modest talent because it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis-a-vis the artist.