Responding to the ever-increasing popularity and international performances of operas by the Czech composer Leo? Janacek, this volume is the second in a series to meet the needs of English-speaking singers, conductors, coaches, and stage directors. Every word of Kat'a Kabanova is translated into English, and idiomatic translations are provided, including translations of stage and musical directions. In addition, the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used to indicate pronunciation, following the clearly-presented method given in the author's book Singing in Czech: A Guide to Czech Lyric Diction and Vocal Repertoire (Scarecrow Press, 2001). Included are practical notes about Janacek's style, both in general terms and specific issues relating to this opera. A plot summary is provided along with translations of characters, ranges, and the pronunciation of their names. The entire volume is organized in a clear, readable format, resulting in a book that will help to make productions of Kat'a Kabanova in the original Czech much easier a task than ever before.
Timothy Cheek succeeds brilliantly in giving his readers an exciting and richly detailed overview of how this Russian heroine came to life. I especially love the way he traces the musical love motive, illuminating its many transformations throughout the opera. The meat of this book is in the painstaking rendering of the Czech text into four rivers of information: the original text, the IPA pronunciation guide, the literal word-by-word translation, and the idiomatic rendition. Come journey through these rivers with Kat'a and be seduced!--Catherine Malfitano, Soprano, International Interpreter of Janacek roles
Series: Janacek Opera Libretti
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st July 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 16.1 x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.37