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A collection of quotes and sayings by Beverly Sills on shortcuts, bubbles, worth, death, places, meaning, fach, tosca, soprano, art, signature, fail, strength, and woman

27 Famous Quotes By Beverly Sills For A Euphonious Life

Quick Facts

Famous As
Actor, Singer, Opera singer, Autobiographer, Musician

Born On
25 May 1929 AD

Died On
02 July 2007 AD

Born In
New York City

Died At Age
78

Beverly Sills was a famous American operatic soprano. She was at the zenith of her success during the 1950s to the 1970s. She was renowned for her coloratura soprano roles in recordings and live opera. She was mainly associated with the operas of Donizetti. Many roles of the same were recorded and performed by her. She also sang a repertoire from Massenet and Verdi, Handel and Mozart. Some of her signature roles include the title role in ‘Manon,’ the title role in ‘Lucia di Lammermoor,’ Violetta in ‘La Traviata,’ and Elisabetta in ‘Roberto Devereux.’ Here is a collection of interesting quotes and sayings by the eminent artist, which have been extracted from her roles, songs, thoughts, performances, and life. Go through the motivational thoughts and quotes by Beverly Sills on growing, desserts, career, singer, opera, voice, role, communicate, beginning, love, practise, triumph etc that are sure to brighten up of your life.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

- Beverly Sills

I lived through the garbage. I might as well dine on the caviar.

- Beverly Sills

I never breathe through the nose, not when I'm singing. In the opera, you don't have so much time. That's fine at the beginning of an opera or after somebody else has been doing an aria, and you want to get a good fresh start.

- Beverly Sills

Opera became popular in Texas the same way it did in a lot of previously isolated regions of the nation. It started with money. In the case of Texas, it was oil money, and it made a lot of people very rich, very fast.

- Beverly Sills

My voice had a long, nonstop career. It deserves to be put to bed with quiet and dignity, not yanked out every once in a while to see if it can still do what it used to do. It can't.

- Beverly Sills

In a sense, I revolutionized the operatic scene because I proved you can make a great international career without the Metropolitan. I'm the only singer who's done that, and I'm proud of that, so it's all worked out for the best.

- Beverly Sills

You can't imitate; all our faces are constructed differently... and the vocal cords; otherwise, we'd all sound alike. I don't think anybody should ever teach by imitating.

- Beverly Sills

At the beginning, I thought, 'Oh, I can't criticize a singer who's doing a role that I adored... even a role I didn't do.' And then I thought, 'The heck with that! Thirty years of experience... ask the girl who did it!' And I feel that if they're not willing to take what I have to say, that's fine! But I'm going to say it.

- Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

- Beverly Sills

This joyfulness that I felt when I sang, and this need to communicate with people, these are my two strongest points. I've always been a people person. I love people; I like to be with people, and when I got on stage, I was home free.

- Beverly Sills

I began by listening to my mother's collection of Amelita Galli-Curci and Lily Pons records, and then was taken (at age eight) to hear Pons at a Met performance of Lakme. It was at that moment that I decided to become an opera star. Not just an opera singer, but an opera star!

- Beverly Sills

When I was general director of City Opera, we were pioneers in the practice of projecting supertitles so that American audiences finally could know what all the singing was about.

- Beverly Sills

I love Massenet - 'Manon' had been a wonderful role for me - and the music he wrote for 'Thais' is quite enjoyable and not terribly demanding in a vocal sense.

- Beverly Sills

The 'Daughter of the Regiment' that I did in Boston was vintage Sarah Caldwell, which is to say it was brilliant. Before my career was over, I'm sure I sang the role of Marie at least a hundred times, often in productions that cost a fortune, but none touched hers.

- Beverly Sills

My father died five days before I returned to New York. He was only fifty-three years old. My parents and my father's doctor had all decided it was wiser for me to go to South America than to stay home and see Papa waste away. For a long time, I felt an enormous sense of guilt about having left my father's side when he was so sick.

- Beverly Sills

You see why we play so many crazy ladies. We have to be crazy to start with.

- Beverly Sills

I think you have to take everything that looks like a blow and turn it into a triumph. This is where my energy comes from: I just won't be licked.

- Beverly Sills

I got out while they were still fighting to buy tickets to hear me. I believe in getting out when you're on top, and that's what I did.

- Beverly Sills

I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.

- Beverly Sills

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

- Beverly Sills

Art is the signature of civilizations.

- Beverly Sills

I was always the first person in the theater all the time. If it was an eight-o'clock curtain, I was here at five-thirty, and it wasn't that I needed to vocalize, because I was all warmed up. I couldn't wait for it to begin.

- Beverly Sills

There is a growing strength in women but it's in the forehead, not the forearm.

- Beverly Sills

My parents never told me about Papa's lung cancer or the desperate nature of the operations he was about to undergo, which were a last-ditch effort to contain the spread of his cancer.

- Beverly Sills

I frequently say that I never share blame, I never share credit, and I never share desserts!

- Beverly Sills

A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.

- Beverly Sills

Any excess in life is a substitute for something that's missing.

- Beverly: An Autobiography, Beverly Sills