I believe in the power of opera if produced theatrically and sung with emotion. Great artists are those who understand that the words inspired the composer to write the music, and they interpret the words meaningfully with good diction. Everything about opera is emotion, and just to sing accurately and with good technique, though admirable, is not even half way there. My feelings were shaped a long time ago by such artists as Maria Callas and Leonie Rysanek, and I am not interested in the kind of singer, conductor, or director who is simply reliable and will keep the curtain up. In over thirty years of producing opera and around fifteen years reviewing it, I still find it the most thrilling art form that exists, but it must be done right.