Classical music was my first love. It’s given me such extraordinary joy and has been a huge influence on my work, particularly in the classics, where you have to know where the coda comes and where the climax. You make your own symphony out of the words. I do regret that I didn’t continue studying classical piano, which I started to do as a kid.

—Christopher Plummer

I read it here.

Just read, via Opera San José’s Facebook page:
This day in Opera history – Handel’s opera “Rinaldo” premieres at Haymarket theatre in London in 1711.

So … well … this has to go up (although I’m sorry about the talking over the start):