English opera with surtitles

Because singing distorts words–stretching out vowels, and, especially in the case of classical singing, de-emphasizing some consonants–it can sometimes be hard to understand what a singer is saying, even if you speak the same language. My wife and I have often commented that even English-language opera should probably have surtitles (which are like movie subtitles, only projected above the stage), already commonly used for operas performed in other languages. Looks like the English National Opera agrees.

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