"Congratulations on your translations. They are terrific!"
FREDERICA VON STADE:
"This is wonderful! I wish someone would ask me to sing it again!" MERRY WIDOW
"Opera's mad genius!" (MAGIC FLUTE)
"If it were possible to ask Mozart and Schikaneder how their MAGIC FLUTE should be performed in the United States,
I think they would say 'do Ross Halper's English version!' It's as close as it gets to the spirit of the original work. This FLUTE's a hoot!"
"Ross Halper truly has a way with words. His translation puts real
flesh on the characters and makes an occasionally muddy plot crystal clear.
This reworking is heads and shoulders above any other translation I've seen,
and it should be the first choice of any company producing MERRY WIDOW for an
Singers will love how Halper accomodates the voice: wordy passages flow easily
off the tongue, high notes are infallibly set
on vowels that are a pleasure to sing. Actors will love the plethora of
opportunities afforded by this clever script. Audiences will be entertained,
moved and enchanted.
Ross Halper has tastefully and cleverly crafted The
MERRY WIDOW into an operetta that is more coherent, more clever, more
entertaining and more charming than even the original German version! It's as if
English were its original language! Halper's reworking deserves to become THE
standard English version of MERRY WIDOW!"
"You are brilliant! Great fun!"
OBERLIN OPERA THEATER. 2009
"What ensued was one of the most enjoyable evenings of opera we’ve experienced in recent
memory. Besides the generally excellent singing and orchestral playing, much of
the credit goes to Field for choosing to use Ross Halper's English
recasting of the German libretto. Halper recaptures Mozart’s often raunchy sense
of humor, and provides the perfect counter to the serious goings-on in
Schikaneder’s original." www.clevelandclassical.com
OBERLIN OPERA THEATER
"Here's the scoop from Vienna: Mozart and librettist
Emanuel Schikaneder have been seen not spinning in their graves, but dancing on
them. The collaborators are gleeful after hearing about the Oberlin Opera
Theater production of their masterpiece, "The Magic Flute."
A grand helping of ingenuity has gone into the making of this newfangled version, which is sung in
a hip English translation by Ross Halper that often finds the audience almost
rolling in the aisles. Yet the work's rustic humor and spirituality are balanced
to splendid effect. Papageno, the merry bird-catcher, is the chief messenger of Halper's text, which abounds in cheeky
contemporary references and riotous rhymes. The translation becomes more
dignified when Sarastro weaves his philosophical spells, but even here a
21st-century awareness pervades the narrative."
PALO ALTO WEEKLY
"Halper's English translation just about steals the show...brilliant...well within the
irreverent spirit of Schikaneder...so full of fun, you might forget you're at the
opera." (MAGIC FLUTE)
THE NEWS GAZETTE, URBANA ILLINOIS
"Ross Halper's English translation produced waves of laughter ...and squeals of delight...excited
salvos of applause...."
ROBERT DE SIMONE, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OPERA THEATER
"I can’t think of THE MAGIC FLUTE with any other words, not even the German, after producing this version."
UNIVERSUTY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN 2007
"Ross Halper's snappy modern English translation came to
the rescue, with Prince Tamino's goofy sidekick rapping his own introduction: "
'Yo, Papageno, they all shout/ Yeah that's my name, don't wear it out." wear it
out." The student cast made the most of the rollicking translation and its
frisky overtones.... "
Allen Boehmer, SAN LUIS OBISPO TRIBUNE
"The Performing Arts Center stage came to life with a dazzling performance of [THE
MERRY WIDOW], given new life by stage director Ross Halper's new, contemporary
translation. Halper actually transformed the period libretto into a production
no one could fail to love. THE MERRY WIDOW was the most successful production
yet for Pacific Repertory Opera."
"Perhaps the greatest strength of this MAGIC FLUTE production was
Ross Halper's updated translation. It is quite frankly a riot. This FLUTE was as
light as helium."
JONATHAN KHUNER, conductor and prompter, Met and Bayreuth
"The most entertaining FLEDERMAUS I've ever seen."
ANDREW PORTER, THE NEW YORKER
"A deft new translation by Ross Halper"
EXCURSIONS OF MR. BROUCEK (Janácek) American Premiere, Kent Nagano, cond
"Ross Halper is our modern Schikaneder." (MAGIC FLUTE)