Opera fans, this post is for you! Not an opera fan yet? This is also for you! The OperaVision website and the OperaVision YouTube channel have a wide variety of operas for you to enjoy (or just sample, if you’d like). The operas are available on demand, free of charge, no login necessary.
Here’s some of what’s currently available on demand:
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Mascagni and Leoncavallo: Cavalleria rusticana and I Pagliacci
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Wagner: the entire Ring cycle
Here’s what’s coming up in April:
April 1 Wagner: Parsifal
April 2 Rossini Gala: Homage to Conductor Alberto Zedda featuring a number of overtures and selections from Rossini’s operas.
April 8 Verdi: Il corsaro
April 14 Verdi: La Traviata
April 26: Donizetti: La Favorite
What if you’re not sold on the idea of opera? Do you think language will be a barrier? These operas have subtitles in a number of languages. Don’t know how to get into opera? Check out OperaVision’s New to Opera? tab. Not sure if you can devote a couple hours in one sitting? Then watching from home is perfect! You can take a break whenever you want and come back whenever you want (just remember to write down the timestamp where you stopped). It’s a great no-risk opportunity to sample a variety of different opera styles or find a new favorite.
If you watch something that you like, let us all know about it!