PASSING THE WORD
Wolf Trap Farm Park this week became one of the first outdoor facilities in the country to use "surtitles" to provide English translations of operas. The service, introduced for the New York City Opera productions of "Turandot" and "Madama Butterfly," is aimed at making opera more accessible. The idea was popularized locally by the Washington Opera Company.
The translations, white letters against a black background mounted on slides, are flashed over the stage while the words are being sung. It's a complex process in opera, where there may be as many as 600 cues in a single performance, requiring a two-person crew: projectionist and cue-caller, the latter an assistant conductor who can read the score. ROCK RESOURCE
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