"I hope you will see to it that my works are performed in English; only in this way can they be intimately understood by an English speaking audience."
--Richard Wagner Oct 22 1877
Anybody who goes to an opera performance and doesn't do serious libretto homework before attending, and spends the evening reading the supertitles or subtitles might as well have been sitting in front of a phonograph instead of a stage.
When an opera is translated to a different language, problems will develop because the translated words no longer musically fit as the original language words do.
To have me believe that Wagner would approve his operas in English, a language so different from the original German, with all the musical problems that would create, is not rational.
Last edited by hpowders; Apr-21-2017 at 17:03.
Please don't tell me the ending of Parsifal. I'm watching Act III tonight.
Last edited by Granate; Apr-21-2017 at 16:16.