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Mark Herman

Primary Profession: Independent Translator

Expertise: Translation of sung lyrics (operas, operettas, and choral works) and poetry

Language(s): In collaboration with Ronnie Apter: Czech; French; German; Italian; Latin; Occitan; Old French; Russian; Spanish

Bio: Mark Herman is a literary translator, technical translator, chemical engineer, playwright, actor, musician, and lyricist. He has reviewed many books on translation, language, and opera, and for over a decade has written a monthly humor column for the ATA Chronicle, the Journal of the American Translators Association. In partnership with Ronnie Apter, he has translated 22 operas, operettas, and choral works, many of which have been performed throughout the English-speaking world, and seven of which have been included in standard editions published by Ricordi in Milan.

Professional Affiliations and Certifications: ALTA, ATA, Lyrica Society

Publications: In collaboration with Ronnie Apter, 22 translations of Works for the Musical Stage (see below), poetry translations, miscellaneous translations, numerous articles on translation and opera. TRANSLATIONS OF WORKS FOR THE MUSICAL STAGE: Works marked (R) are published by and available from Ricordi, Milan, Italy. Works marked (MR) are published by and available from Musica Russica, San Diego. Works marked (T) are published by and available from the translators. All works are available as complete dual-language (original language and English) piano-vocal scores. Information about all works is available from the translators. Languages: Cz = Czech, En = English, Fr = French, Ge = German, It = Italian, Ru = Russian. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Fourth Movement (T) (Ge, En); Boieldieu: My Aunt Aurore (T) (Fr, En); Donizetti: Maria Stuarda (R) (It, En); Ferrero: The Sorcerer's Daughter (R) (It, En*); Gounod: The Doctor in Spite of Himself (T) (Fr, En); Lecocq: Madame Angot's Daughter (T) (Fr, En); Mozart: The Abduction from the Seraglio (T) (Ge, En); Mozart: The Magic Flute (T) (Ge, En); Puccini: La bohème (R**) (It, En); Rachmaninoff: Six Choral Songs for Treble Voices and Piano (MR) (Ru, En); Rossini: A Thief by Chance, or Baggage Astray (R) (It, En); Scarlatti: Eraclea (T) (It, En); Smetana: Two Widows (T) (Cz, En); Smetana: The Bartered Bride (T) (Cz, En); Verdi: Ernani (R) (It, En); Verdi: Un giorno di regno (T) (It, En); Verdi: Luisa Miller (R) (It, En); Verdi: La traviata (T) (It, En); Verdi: Il trovatore (R) (It, En); Wagner: The Rhinegold (T) (Ge, En); Weber: Abu Hassan (T) (Ge, En); Weber: Der Freischütz (T) (Ge, En); *The Sorcerer's Daughter is a children's opera written in an invented pseudo-Italian, translated into an invented pseudo-English. **La bohème has yet to be published by Ricordi, but the translation is available for use. Ask the translators for details.

Education: BS, Columbia University; MS, University of California at Berkeley

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