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Anne:
I thought we could use a thread where we could mention items, books, etc. that an opera lover might use.

http://opera_on_dvd.home.att.net/        Opera DVD's that will be issued.

beclemund:
Opera Today is very useful for CD, DVD and performance reviews and release information, but also because it has synopsi (and libretti) of many operas along with those reviews, so you can get a feel for the story even if you do not speak the language of the performance. The best part of it is the very legible format.

And if you're exploring an opera that is new to you and you just want to cut down to the meat of it by listening to the notable arias (particularly helpful before making a trip to the music store so you can sample tracks at the store if you can listen before buying), The Aria Database is a very useful information source. Some also include midi files for when you need one of those "aha" moments to recognize where a tune comes from.

If your budget opera release arrives without a libretto, Stanford University has an helpful resources page in Opera Glass. There are links to other sites with libretti and that site includes other vocal works as well, like Bach's Passions and Cantatas, and other liturgical and secular works along with opera synopsi, discographies and performance histories.

Music & Vision's online classical music magazine provides another source for opera reviews. Granted, Robert Anderson's reviews don't generally say much, but each review provides brief Quicktime clips of the opera reviewed. It can give you a good idea of how the principles perform.

Want to know where in the world you can see the next live performance of Jenufa? Or would you rather find out where the nearest opera house is to your front door? Operabase is a good place to start. A huge database of artists, operas and venues with links to the venues' web sites so you can keep up with performance schedules.

knight66:
Good idea.....I have made this topic sticky to keep it at the top for the moment and we will see how useful it is. Here are some sites I visit.

Gossip and news...

http://www.parterre.com/

Reviews....

http://npw-opera-concerts.blogspot.com/

The reviews are by Nigel and always well worth reading. A lot of what he sees is subsequently issued on DVD.

Mike

uffeviking:
There is

http://www.opera.co.uk/

a monthly publication with selected articles accessable on the net. Excellent world wide coverage of performances, schedules and listing of opera festivals.

Steve:

--- Quote from: uffeviking on June 10, 2007, 06:49:24 PM ---There is

http://www.opera.co.uk/

a monthly publication with selected articles accessable on the net. Excellent world wide coverage of performances, schedules and listing of opera festivals.

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the info!  ;)

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