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You know I don’t speak Italian…

Apr 5, 2011 10:43:00 AM
By BLO Staff


While it is common
for operas to be sung in the languages they were written in (Italian, German,
etc), not everyone that attends these operas necessarily speaks the language.
While it would be great to learn a different language, it’s not necessary when
attending a production.
BLO, like many opera companies now uses surtitles, which are
line-by-line translations of the opera’s text that are projected on screens
near the stage during a performance. Although it seems like it would be
distracting, it’s just like watching a foreign film – eventually you forget
that you are reading along and can just enjoy the music and the beautiful
sounds of the original language! At the Shubert Theatre, the surtitles will be
on screens to both the left and right of the stage.

Topics: General Opera

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