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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:59 pm 
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The quotation "Of all the noises known to man, opera is the most expensive" is attributed to Moliere. Can anyone provide an exact source, or, if it's not Moliere, who first said it?

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Did you ever find that source?


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All indications point to Moliere as the source.


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Thanks! But, if he wrote it, there must be a document he wrote it in, and, if he said it, there must be a first document saying that he did so. I seek those.

FYI, another opera quote I researched was "Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian." It's very widely attributed to H. L. Mencken. But I found the source, and it's not Mencken but his partner in The American Mercury, George Jean Nathan, and the quote is a little different: “Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible a plea as baseball in Italian.” It appeared in the February 1926 issue of that publication.

So, until I've found the actual source, I'll keep looking.

Thanks, again!


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