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Subject: Re: Boheme in English
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 20 May 2017 15:23:52 -0600
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Didn't Chaliapin sing Boris at the Met in Russian while everyone else sang
in English?
dond

On Sat, May 20, 2017 at 2:56 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> For some inexplicable reason I generally don’t mind opera translated into
> languages other than their original - unless the translation is to English.
> I simply don’t like to hear English except in operas composed in it. (And
> not necessarily always then).  My dislike for English translation is
> especially the case with Viennese operetta which, as I’ve mentioned, is the
> music I grew up hearing because of my father’s Austrian background. Even
> though I’m not fluent in German, I just love the sound of the Viennese
> accented German in Lehar, Strauss et al. It sounds like family to me.
>
> My one experience in a hodgepodge “Babel of languages” was a Munich
> “Butterfly” back in the early 60s. The soprano, an Italian, sang in the
> original while the rest of the cast used German. On that same trip I got to
> see a Stockholm “Butterfly” sung in Swedish and a “Rigoletto” sung in
> heavily accented Italian.
>
> But the strangest example I’m aware of which, alas, I missed was the dual
> language 1957 “Mignon” in Chicago. Intended to be sung in French, the tenor
> (Simoneau?) cancelled and was replaced by Alvino Misciano who only knew his
> role in Italian. The Mignon, Giulietta Simionato, had sung her role in both
> French and Italian so she switched back and forth depending on who was on
> stage with her at the time. I’d welcome that elusive time machine we all
> wish existed so I could go back and hear that performance!
>
> Kurt Youngmann
>
> > On May 20, 2017, at 3:00 PM, R PRADA <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Opera in the vernacular was the accepted practice in many countries for
> quite a time. Sometimes each singer sang their role in their native tongue,
> leading to a Babel of languages in a single performance,
>
>
> Finally, an explanation: It all makes sense now. Gay marriage and
> marijuana being legalized on the same day. Leviticus 20:13 states, "If a
> man lays with another man he should be stoned." We’ve just been
> misinterpreting it all along! - George Carlin
>
>
>
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