It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
But when you get music and words together, that can be a very powerful thing.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism.
It is essential to do everything possible to attract young people to opera so they can see that it is not some antiquated art form but a repository of the most glorious music and drama that man has created.