Dept. of Gender Confusion
As part of his Schwabacher Debut Recital last night, tenor David Portillo sang Antonio Maria Abbatini's "Quanto è bello il mio diletto." The program included the Italian text as sung, but the English alongside it was a careful mistranslation, in which each masculine reference had been assiduously switched to a feminine one. The actual words must have struck someone as, I don't know, kind of...gay.