"ME TOO, I KNOW THE MAGIC OF A GLANCE THAT'S WELL DIRECTED
I KNOW HOW SLOWLY HEARTS CAN BURN WITH FIRE THAT I'VE INJECTED
THE SMILE I USE DISCREETLY WILL DO THE JOB COMPLETELY
AS WILL A PHONY TEAR OR TWO, OR SUDDEN FAINTING SPELL
I KNOW A THOUSAND ANTICS; THAT ALWAYS FOOL ROMANTICS
THE ART OF CHARM AND FLATTERY THAT CAPTURES HEARTS SO WELL..."
(Norina Act 1, Sc. 2, of DON PASQUALE)
After translating Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE to great acclaim, Gonzalez-Risso has followed up with what is arguably the most faithful translation to date of Gaetano Donizetti's great opera buffa, DON PASQUALE. Premiered by Burnaby Lyric Opera, in B..C., Canada, Gonzalez-Risso's English version of DON PASQUALE played to tremendous critical and audience response this past February.
" Kico Gonzalez-Risso's fresh, unforced staging and witty translation of the text fitted nicely with the Art Deco look of the production." (OperaCanada)
"Gonzalez-Risso's witty translation of the Italian text...is especially apt and understandable in the famous arias, duets, trios and quartets this last opera of Donizetti is known for." (Burnaby Now)
"...very, very funny - a very good translation."(Peace Arch News)
"...Kico Gonzalez-Risso's English translation of the Italian text is clear but never forced.... definitely worth seeing." (Georgia Straight)
"...true to the meaning of the lines, salvaging dirty jokes and double entendres.... Kico Gonzalez-Risso has an international reputation for translating operas." (Vancouver Echo)
Gonzalez-Risso's English version of Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE was recently produced at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to that, THE MAGIC FLUTE received its first USA performance at the Bellingham, Wa. Performing Arts Center. Bruce Pullan, Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir conducted. (...a brilliant new translation faithful to the rhythmic nuances of the original German, yet garbed in new wonder." - Richmond Review) The Canadian premiere was then given by Calgary Opera Association, featuring acclaimed coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl as the Queen of the Night and lyric soprano Sally Dibblee as Pamina. Winnipeg Symphony Music Director Bramwell Tovey conducted. Gonzalez-Risso's MAGIC FLUTE translation was heard on CBC's Saturday Afternoon at the Opera last season.
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