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Language Barrier

Why must modern audiences listen to operas in a language they don’t speak? HUGH MACDONALD argues the case for performing operas in translation.

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Photo: Gregory Downer
© Gregory Downer 2011
Rare sightings reveal that there are still a few opera houses left in the English-speaking world where operas are occasionally sung in a language other than that which the composer confronted and set....

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