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Konora the Klingon

Konora the Klingon is the pseudonym of a singer, who sings well-known arias in Klingon. For example, at 7th October 2014 she uploaded a video on YouTube in which she sings the aria "Der Hölle Rache" from the opera "The Magic Flute" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1).

The aria are sung well and lead to the conclusion of a relatively professional voice training.

Curiculum vitae

(taken from her own webpage (2)
Konora started her career as a singer when she was very young, singing in childrens' choirs. When she was 14 her choir was chosen with much honor to sing in the grand opera. Since then Konora has added her voice to the many distinguished singers of Klingon Opera while pursuing her vocal studies. Konora trained at 15 and 16 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, who continue to bring the great Klingon dramas to Earth audiences. In 2006 she was nominated in the Creative Loafing theater awards as best supporting actress in a drama and best newcomer of the year. After graduating with honors in High School, Konora began undergraduate studies on the planet Earth at Berklee College of Music. In her spare time she records operatic repertoire in the original Klingon, and brings the genre of Klingon pop to her peers. She hopes to one day be honored with the title of Miss Klingon Empire.

Repertoire

According to her website, Konora already recoreded several arias (3):

  • "Der Hölle Rache" from the opera "The Magic Flute" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Gre'thor MuS MeQ" (ghe'tor muS meQ)
  • "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" from the opera "Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saëns, "WIj tIq poSmoH" (wIj tIq poSmoH)
  • "Vissi d’arte" from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini, "JIH yInta' vaD bom" (jIH yInta'vaD bom)
  • "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" from the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, "MuSha ghaH Lothqu' Toq" (muSHa' ghaH lotlhqu' toQ)
  • "Quando me'n vo'" from the opera "La bohème" by Giacomo Puccini, "Ghorgh jIH yIT" (ghorgh jIH yIt)

Analysis of the Klingon lyrics

At first glance it is clear, that the Klingon translation doesn't stick to Klingon rules for syllables: The characters are often randomly capitalized or not, even if it makes no sense. Even after the first three words someone can get to the conclusion that the translation was made word-for-word without any insight into the grammar: "My heart opens" is translated with ALERT! wIj tIq poSmoH. Translated each word for itself they mean homestead, heart and he/she/it opens or they open; correct it would be poS'eghmoH tIqwIj. So, the words are in a wrong order and the verb-endings -wIj my was treated as a word. The missing self-suffix -'egh could have fallen under the case of artistic freedom - with higher probability it is missing because of missing knowledge of Klingon grammar.

Even the title of the website uses a wrong order: "New songs" should be called bom chu', but ALERT! chu' bom is displayed.

A translation with Bing can be excluded here: First, Bing is closer at the rules for syllables of Klingon, second, the translation of the english text leads to a different translation.

See also

References

1 : Gre'thor MuS MeQ on YouTube, retrieved 06th november 2016

2 : http://konoratheklingon.weebly.com/ "Konora the Klingon", retrieved 07.11.2016

3 : List with translations of the klingon lyrics, retrieved 06th November 2016

Weblinks

Category: Appearance    Latest edit: 19 Jan 2017, by DirkSchlSser    Created: 19 Jan 2017 by DirkSchlSser



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