What do you want to know? I have a degree in French, and will hopefully soon have another in Electrical Engineering. I've worked as a farmhand, as a stage carpenter, as trail crew boss, and an office temp (complete with cubicle). My other hobbies tend to the active outdoor variety - cycling, running, hiking, etc. I wrote an undergrad thesis about translating poetry, so you might even say I'm academically qualified for this.
Until I was about twelve I thought I just didn't like music the way other people did; most people I knew liked listening to the radio and collected their favorite albums, but I would listen along and just not feel anything. When someone asked me what kind of music I liked, I literally didn't know how to answer.
Sometime in middle school, I discovered musicals, and the connection between music and emotion clicked for me. This somewhat naturally led to opera a year or two later (Don Giovanni was my first), and now here I am watching Rocky Blake sing "Cessa di più resistere" on repeat. I never really looked back; there have been times in my life where opera was less present, and times where it was more present, but it was always there.
I enjoy learning foreign languages and apparently have a bit of knack for them, according to other people. My French is decent, my German and Italian much less so, but the nice thing about opera recordings is that you can pause them while you study the dictionary. WordReference.com is a great resource, as is WordSense.eu.
This site came about when I was unable to find a translation of L'Occasione fa il Ladro online, and the recording I bought only came with an Italian libretto. I muddled through it anyway by pasting the Italian libretto into Google Translate. This was a frustrating exercise; Google Translate is not very good at verse. I found myself spending so much time looking up words and puzzling out grammar that I thought, why not do this for real?
Questions, comments, and suggetions are welcome - I can be reached via the email link that appears on the bottom of every page.
(The Rocky video is too good not to share...)