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Saturday: February 19, 2005

Product Placement in Opera?

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The DVD of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Kent Nagano, features a prominently-placed bottle of Heinz ketchup in (where else?) the Gluttony scene. I suppose that counts as local color for the original French audience.

Best lines in the subtitles:

  • “Lazy bones are for the devil’s stockpot.”
  • “There’s no market for hippos in Philadelphia.”

Now I have to get hold of the libretto to see how accurately these were translated.