I have Rossini's Thieving Magpie in Opera in English and like it a lot. On the other hand, the Fidelio is not very good.
I have it. And I also have a DVD Mary Stuart sung in English with Janet Baker that I haven't watched yet, but for the confrontation scene (which is very good).Another disaster
Donizetti ;Maria Stuarda
Sung in English (translation by Tom Hammond)
Dame Janet Baker (Mary Stuart), Rosalind Plowright (Elizabeth I), David Rendall (Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester), Alan Opie (Sir William Cecil), John Tomlinson (George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury), Angela Bostock (Hannah Kennedy)
English National Opera Orchestra, English National Opera Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras
Adding to my Opera-in-English list:I am liking these Operas in English a lot. My collection so far:
Fidelio (this is the only one I regret buying)
Elixir of Love
Martha (Excellent--not a Chandos product)
and my latest addition, Mastersingers
Probably better to get an English version of an opera that you have not ever heard before. Then without previous experience in the original language, you might even like the English better.I have generally found translations to English to be weird, but that's a good point, this opera will probably benefit from more immediacy, what with how the prologue works, and the shenanigans of the commedia dell'arte group.
Agree. Definitive performance must be in the language that the opera was written in.To be clear, I'm not attacking the translator or even this translation. I don't have time to work on an alternate translation, and maybe this is very good for what can be done. And maybe they were trying to change things around in support of a production.
And I had not spent this much time focusing on the translation of this section. I wasn't even sure why the English language version felt off, but it did.
I love variation, and I like listening to opera in translation, and want to hear more - including Carmen in German and Tannhauser in French - but while these may be interesting or even compelling, they are not ideal. And while I basically don't believe in definitive performances of operas, I'm fine with ruling out those sung in translation as in the running.