opera_cat: (historical)
( Mar. 31st, 2011 11:20 pm)
I have gone back to working on a more ambitious project, to wit, translating an entire opera. I started with Verdi's first opera, Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio. The cast of characters and introduction may be found here, or by clicking on the opera: oberto tag. I am experiencing computer trouble at the moment, but I hope to post the whole opera in segments over the next few weeks.
opera_cat: (baritones)
( Sep. 13th, 2010 01:53 pm)
Greetings, my faithful readers! I have a quick update and a few questions for you. I have two aria translations in progress right now -- Mefistofele's other aria from Boito and "Ach, so fromm" from Martha. Both of those arias use some archaic vocabulary that isn't in the dictionaries I have access to at home or on the internet, so posting those will be slightly delayed until I have a chance to go to the library and use the Big Dictionaries. Someday I will own big dictionaries of every language, and that will be awesome. They will be mine, all mine!

First question: I had the plan a while back of translating Verdi's obscure early operas. I got as far as a draft translation of Oberto and then got completely distracted. After I finish these two arias, should I go back to the idea of tackling whole operas, or should I keep posting random scenes and arias from a variety of sources? In either case, I can pause what I'm doing to take requests.

Second question: I've been toying with the idea of cross-posting to Dreamwidth. Do you have any opinions on that? (Like the idea, don't like it, don't care.)
I've been neglecting this translation journal for a while, but now I'd like to go back to it. I've been fiddling around with the journal style and stuff, so if anyone likes or dislikes anything, please feel free to comment.

My current project is translating Verdi's very first opera, Oberto conte di S. Bonifacio, but I can be temporarily diverted from that if anyone has requests.


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