Monday, December 12, 2005
Two operas too late, what's in a name?
I'm getting the feeling everyone but me is liking-not-loving Villazon and loving-not-liking whom the Wellsungs have begun calling Trebs. A name I find rather handy, actually, because...how to explain this...if we're producing a sentence in English and a foreign name comes in the middle of it, what a lot of us do is say the foreign name with the closest available sounds in English. Only for reasons I can't imagine anyone wanting a detailed version of, the closest available sounds in Netrebko sound, taken all together, grotesquely unlike Netrebko. It's like how the president [sic] says Putin. It makes my eardrums raw.