su·​per·​ti·​tle | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌtī-tᵊl How to pronounce supertitle (audio) \

Definition of supertitle

: a translation of foreign-language dialogue displayed above a screen or performance an opera with supertitles — compare subtitle

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Performed in Russian with English supertitles (by Francine Yorke) projected at an uncomfortable distance from the action, this is a production that demands patience and doesn’t reward it richly enough. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Pulled Apart by ‘Love and Intrigue’," 8 June 2018 Ambitiously, the dialogue slips in and out of multiple languages (the program lists a dozen translators and five accent and dialect coaches), but the scrolling supertitles are clunky and not well placed. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Assembled Identity,’ They Laugh Alike, They Walk Alike, but They’re Not Twins," 2 May 2018 In Spanish and English with English and Spanish supertitles. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "What to do around Louisville this week: Jurassic Quest, Jewish Film Festival & more," 31 Jan. 2018 The libretto will be sung in Italian with supertitles in English. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, "Opera San Antonio closes its season with ‘La Boheme’," 9 May 2018 In addition, the programs did not include translations, and there were no supertitles. Zoë Madonna,, "Plácido Domingo reigns in Boston," 27 Apr. 2018 It's performed in Spanish with English supertitles in Plaza de la Raza's 198-seat Margo Albert Theatre. Daryl H. Miller,, "The 99-Seat Beat: Social justice as taught by imprisoned women, 'Native Son,' 'The Immigrant' and Henry VIII," 20 Apr. 2018 What was most exciting was the play showed how easily accessible features like supertitles could easily be added to, say, movie theaters. Mark Burka, GQ, "Children of a Lesser God," 12 Apr. 2018 In particular, Lauren Ridloff, the deaf actress who plays the show’s female lead, notes the supertitles, which already are proving popular with audiences. Charles Passy, WSJ, "‘Children of a Lesser God’ Pulls Out All Stops For Deaf Theatergoers," 5 Apr. 2018

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1965, in the meaning defined above

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