Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Yes, we have Opera

A new series for opera buffs, and those who would like to learn more about opera, is now available on Audio CD.

Black Dog Opera has released 6 classic titles, featuring Beverly Sills, Birgit Nilsson, Renata Scotto and Leontyne Price as leads.

Each opera "set" includes an introductory disc with background information, and synopses of each act and scene, plus biographical information about the lead vocalists.
Currently, the collection includes:
Aida, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore.
For more details on the orchestras and performers, see
Black Dog Opera

Opera News Magazine is available at the Warrenton Branch.
For some opera fiction, check out these titles:
Opera Novels

To watch opera performances, the library has a substantial collection on VHS.
(sorry, no DVD yet)
Operas on Video

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera is available for reference and research at the Warrenton branch. This four volume work is considered by many to be one of the best resources on Opera in English.

Operamania is a great place to start online.