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"The upshot of that except in the case of abnormally pitched voices, was displacement, fatigue, intolerable strain, shattering tremolo, and finally, not, as could have been wished, total annihilation, but the development of an unnatural trick of making an atrociously disagreeable noise and inflicting it on the public as Italian singing."
- -George Bernard Shaw on the high tessituras Verdi set for his baritone parts.
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