Listen with your soul and with your ears

What he said that impressed me was: 'When one wants to find a gesture, when you want to find how to act on stage, all you have to do is listen to the music. The composer has already seen to that.' If you take the trouble to really listen with your soul and with your ears — and I say soul and ears because the mind must work, but not too much also — you will find every gesture there. And it is all true, you know.

Maria Callas on advice from Tulio Serafin, during an interview in Paris with Lord Harewood for the BBC in April 1968. She's talking about music, but I can't help thinking it might also be true of text.

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