Pronunciation of Ballet Names
Posted 10 July 2003 - 12:56 PM
If anyone disagrees with a pronunciation, please feel free to raise an objection. In the interests of helpfulness to future readers, when we reach a conclusion, I'll edit out all the back and forth so future generations of Ballet Alertniks don't have to wade through it.
This will be a list of acceptable American pronunciations of non-English names.
Beginning with Big Lee's first questions:
Marius Petipa: Mar yus PET ee pah
Alexandra Danilova: Da NEEL ova
Tamara Toumanova: Too MAHN ova
Rudolf Nureyev: Ru dolf Noo RAY yev
Julia Makhalina: YOO-lee-ah Ma-KHA-lina (thanks, Hans)
Natalia Makarova: Nah TAL ya Ma KAR ova
Svetlana Zakharova: Svet LAHN a Za KAR ova
Posted 12 July 2003 - 11:42 AM
Posted 17 July 2003 - 06:50 AM
Can any Russian speakers, or others familiar with these names confirm or clarify?
I've always heard Ivanova pronounced EeVAN o va
and Mezentseva pronounced Me ZEN tse va
Posted 17 July 2003 - 07:41 AM
Posted 17 July 2003 - 10:11 AM
Posted 17 July 2003 - 10:20 AM
But after learning that Mezentseva is pronounced stressing the first syllable, I'll wait for some confirmation on that!
Posted 17 July 2003 - 11:49 AM
Posted 18 July 2003 - 05:22 AM
Alexandra, on Jul 17 2003, 02:50 PM, said:
Nureyev is one of the most difficult names to pronounce, even for Russians, as it's not a Russian name. In France his name is spelt as Noureev so perhaps pronouncing it as Noo-ree-yev comes closest.
Posted 18 July 2003 - 06:10 AM
Posted 18 July 2003 - 06:32 AM
Posted 18 July 2003 - 06:56 AM
Posted 20 July 2003 - 08:26 AM
Va GA nova (not "Vaga NO' va" as many say it)
Posted 25 July 2003 - 07:35 AM
Posted 25 July 2003 - 07:41 AM
Cindy, I've always heard/said KOTCH ki (last syllable to rhyme with pie) but I won't go to the mat on that one As for spelling, I think this is another transliteration issue: there can be many interpretations of Cyrillic. The way you've spelled it is the way I've usually seen it, though. Happy sewing!
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