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VoiceBox: As Good As The Original: On Translating Operas into English

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The art of opera translation is subtle yet crucial. Get it right, and the audience feels like they’re experiencing the work with as much richness as the original; get it wrong, and there’s no music to be heard. Mairi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of French and Linguistics at UC Berkeley and Donald Pippin, director and founder of San Francisco’s Pocket Opera, join VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about what makes English translations of operas written in languages like Italian and French work – and what doesn’t. Read the full description.

Translation_small The art of opera translation is subtle yet crucial. Get it right, and the audience feels like they’re experiencing the work with as much richness as the original; get it wrong, and there’s no music to be heard. Mairi McLaughlin, Assistant Professor of French and Linguistics at UC Berkeley and Donald Pippin, director and founder of San Francisco’s Pocket Opera, join VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman for a discussion about what makes English translations of operas written in languages like Italian and French work – and what doesn’t.

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Sing For Your Supper Mamas and the Papas The Mamas and the Papas Deliver. MCA 1990 :45
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Act II: Toreador's Aire: You're Most Kind Gerald Finley Bizet's Carmen. - 0 02:00
Prelude: Now the Gods Will Seize the Spear That Was Shattered Richard Wagner Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods). - 0 02:00
Act II, Pt. 1: One Fine Day Puccini Madama Butterfly. - 0 02:00
Adieu, Notre Petit Table Massenet's Manon -. - 0 02:00
Act I: Non Piu Andrai Mozart The Marriage of Figaro. - 0 02:00
Oh Deign to Hear Our Prayer, Merciful Saviour Donizetti Mary Stuart. - 0 02:00
"Il Mio Crudel Martoro" (The Grief and Pain I Suffer) Handel Ariodante, HWV 33. - 0 02:00