Monday, 13 July 2009

New series of streamed operas online -Goethe

Opera Today magazine is big on repertoire. It streams whole operas, usually grouped round a theme so they can be appreciated in context. Usually they'ree supported with full librettos and reference material. A labour of love!

The latest theme is Goethe, who inspired so many composers in so many genres. First off in the season is a 1953 studio performance of Gounod's Faust featuring Boris Christoff, Nicolai Gedda and Victoria de los Angeles. Andre Cluytens conducts. It's excellent, I'm enjoying it so much. Listen to it HERE

Previous series, which you can still access include :
Operas to poetry by Friedrich von Schiller - seven operas incl Don Carlos etc
Das Ring des Neibelungen - Wolfgang Sawallisch in Rome 1968
Ten operas featuring Maria Callas
Thirteen operas of Richard Strauss
Sixteen operas on the theme Greeks Bearing Gifts

Keep exploring the site as there are many, many more goodies within, including rarities. Some sites are just collections of reviews, but Opera Today is dedicated to much more. Bookmark it for weeks of busy listening.

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