Friday, November 6, 2009

ClassicalTV...the joys of opera from your couch

Many of you may have already discovered ClassicalTV online but today, it was a revelation to me! In my search for information on Handel's opera Rinaldo, I (virtually) stumbled across this station where I watched the opera FOR FREE! Next up was a scene from Mozart's Entfurhung with Christine Shafer singing Konstanze's aria "Martin aller Arten".

Registration is free and you get access to lots of free video clips but the real bonus for me is the inexpensive access to MET broadcasts and European broadcasts. You can always find stuff on YouTube but you only get clips. This is the full production without having to leave your house for a fraction of the cost! Additionally there are program notes, optional subtitles, cast list and links to other related videos.

For all of you students out there:
If you haven't performed the opera from which you are singing the aria in an audition, then the next best research (besides practice) is watching that opera to really see what is happening on stage (albeit through the lens of the director)!

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