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  1. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I have just purchased the discs of the Decca Verdi / Nabucco / Gardelli and was somewhat dismayed to find the libretto now has to be obtained on line instead of being in printed form with the discs. I have done what the booklet and the website suggests but there is absolutely no way I can access...
  2. Opera
    Hello, I'm curious as to how fellow opera buffs tackle an opera. This is my approach: 1. Research history via: Grove Book of Operas / Penguin Opera Guide / Wikipedia 2. Obtain copy of the libretto (where and whenever available in translation) No libretto = none satisfying/fulfilling/complete...
  3. Opera
    Well I know I'm be a little specific and picky here, but I'm curious if anyone knows of any Operas from the Classical Era that were originally created with English libretto. I know this is a difficult time frame to find such a thing, but I'd like to try. The Classical Era is my favorite period...
  4. Opera
    I know French, and am learning Italian, and wanted to have my own "subtitles" to the operas I listen to, but a good many of my operas, came without (or I have lost over the years) an accompanying libretto. Is there a place that has a bunch of them online that I can follow along as I listen?
  5. Opera
    Hello, I was wondering if any of you could point me in the direction of, or provide me with a link to, this libretto. I can't locate one on-line except through amazon where one has to pay of course, and this I would rather avoid if possible.
  6. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    I am looking for a great opera box set of Britten. I don't care much if they cover all operas or not, but English libretto is the top priority (I am not a native English speaker, so most of the time I can't understand anything without following the libretto :p ) TC members, do you recommend any...
  7. Classical Music Discussion
    Hello, Haven't been around for a while... I have been enjoying opera (particularly Baroque) over the past couple of years. My usual modus operandi for tackling a new opera is to first read the libretto in detail (in English or German translation). This often requires a considerable investment...
  8. Opera
    I'm assuming most of you opera fanatics wouldn't think of listening to a work without libretto in hand. But how many of you just put on the CDs and enjoy the music and singing without reading the story? I have to admit that I do the later quite a bit. And with a lot of the budget priced...
  9. Opera
    I am new to Opera and have a basic question on the operatic work in general. I understand that their is the composer and the libretto. The libretto is the story or little book. Here is my confusion. The composer takes the words and creates the musical overture and all composition. Does the...
  10. Opera
    I have recently re-read the libretto of Richard Wagner's Siegfried. I don't understand the role of Wotan (the Wanderer). Why is he there? I don't understand his motivation for doing any of the things he does. In act I he comes into Mime's cave and offers Mime advice, bullies Mime into answering...
  11. Opera
    Hi, all! I like Verdi's opera Attila. My copy of the opera is from the collection Verdi - The Great Operas, which does not include any libretti. I am looking for a nice libretto. Online I have only been able to find the original Italian and a German translation (but not a side-by-side...
  12. Opera
    I am new to this forum and have undoubtedly broken a hundred rules already... Is anyone able to share a copy of the libretto to Rimsky's Invisible City of Kitezh? I have discovered this opera only recently and cannot find an available libretto. I hope someone can help.
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