Monday, January 15, 2007

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


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