Accessible opera: Overcoming linguistic and sensorial barriers

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    The desire to make media available for all has been rapidly accepted and implemented by most European countries. Opera, as one of the many audiovisual representations, also falls under the category of production which needs to be made accessible and this article aims to analyse how opera has gone through a complete transformation to become a cultural event for all, overcoming not only linguistic but also sensorial barriers. The first part of the paper analyses the various forms of translation associated with opera and the main challenges they entail. The second presents different systems used to make opera accessible to the sensorially challenged, highlighting their main difficulties. Examples from research carried out at the Barcelona's Liceu opera house are presented to illustrate various modalities, especially audio description. All in all, it is our aim to show how translated-related processes have made it possible to open opera to a wider audience despite some initial reluctance. © 2007 Taylor & Francis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)262-277
    JournalPerspectives: Studies in Translatology
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


    • Audio description
    • Media accessibility
    • Opera translation
    • Subtitling


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