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    Default Librettos online

    Thread to collect most rich and useful datebases with librettos in web.

    I generally start this thread because I need one, but I guess I have one to recommend:

    http://www.rwagner.net/ - Wagner librettos for all operas, original and english translation combined and posted side by side so you can not only read and understand texts of arias and stuff but also put translated words correctly to what you hear in German or just support your reading with translation if you have good German but are not sure about some things
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    EMI opera series - click on "download", register and you get libretti for a selection of operas.

    http://www.emiopera.com/
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    Some that I use

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    EMI opera series - click on "download", register and you get libretti for a selection of operas.

    http://www.emiopera.com/
    I found the full Italian/English libretto to Otello here, finally! I am eternally in debt to you for this link.
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    I still can't find the libretto for The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov

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    I have used most (or all?) of the above, but one that I've found to be even more useful is this one:

    http://www.kareol.es/autor.htm

    Caveat: this site always has the original language and the side by side translation in Spanish only.
    It's fabulous for those who speak Spanish, but not as useful for those who don't.
    It is more complete than most.
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    I just found this site with a few libretto translations.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/evwool/page4.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I just found this site with a few libretto translations.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/evwool/page4.html


    Thanks Aksel
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    Bump for our young Pole so that he won't have to eat that many carrots (although he should eat at least some; they are very good for you and improve your vision):


    Roberto Devereux, English (and Italian) libretto
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    O, thank you very much, our even younger Norwegian, now we can enjoy some carrot pies.

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    What's wrong love me strong ding dong I can't find anything, how can they expect me to like Donizetti when one can't find libretto to Anna Bolena and how can I enjoy thrilling duet of Callas/Corelli in La Vestale by Spontini if even plot synopsis in the web is so short, or Il Pirata, actually I'm starting to think that there are absolutely no librettos in the web, let me see

    okay, there is this arabic version of La Traviata

    BUT NO ENGLISH LA VESTALE

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    @Aramis: There is an English libretto for Anna Bolena in a link I posted a few posts up. I can't help you with La vestale, though. Nor Il pirata.

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    O, yes, thanks, -1 to list of operas on my list that lie fallow because of lack of libretto.

    The La Vestale still muss ich finden though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    ... operas on my list that lie fallow because of lack of libretto.
    I'm with you there my handsome Polish friend. I find it difficult to enjoy an opera without the libretto, even if I know what it's about.
    Annie

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