17. March 2008 · Comments Off · Categories: Quotes, Ramble

I don’t mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is a language I don’t understand.

-Sir Edward Appleton

I have a student who mentioned how much she dislikes opera in English. She thought it all sounded very silly. Now, granted, she was listening to Hansel and Gretel, and it wasn’t originally in English, but I know it’s frequently done that way here in the states. I suspect it’s because it’s a “children’s opera”, although it’s sort of funny that we think of it that way; the music isn’t childish, and the subject matter quite dark. It’s only because it has children in it—sung by adult women!—I suppose, that makes us think of it that way.

I did remind her, too, that an Italian opera heard by an Italian speaking person is like an English opera heard by her. If you know what I mean. :-)

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