Saturday, July 13, 2013

Complete Operas on YouTube

The latest trend is to post complete opera films on YouTube.  This became possible when YT stopped restricting the size of the films.  I'm starting a list that includes only films that show the action.  This can only lead to madness.  These generally come without English subtitles, but most will have plot summaries in Wikipedia.

Early Opera

L'Orfeo by Monteverdi.
L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi with Jaroussky.
La Calisto by Cavalli.

High Baroque

Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau conducted by Emmanuelle Haim
Glyndebourne Giulio Cesare Pt1, Pt2, Pt3.
Salzburg Giulio Cesare Pt1, Pt2, Pt3
Theodora from Glyndebourne with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Semele with Cecilia Bartoli

Classical

Nozze di Figaro with Netrebko and Roschmann, Pt1, Pt2.  Giant staircase.
L'anima del filosofo by Haydn with Bartoli.
Orphée et Eurydice, the French version of Gluck's opera.
Flute auf Deutsch with Battle and Araiza.
Idomeneo with Pavarotti. 
I love this Don Giovanni.
Peter Sellars' Cosi fan tutte, Pt1, Pt2, Pt3, Pt4.
Peter Sellars' Don Giovanni, Pt1, Pt2, Pt3.

Bel Canto

I Capuleti e i Montecchi from Paris with Netrebko and DiDonato pt1, pt2.
La Donna del Lago from the Royal Opera.
For fun here is Maria Stuarda with Joyce DiDonato as Elizabeth.

German before Wagner

Der Freischütz from Hamburg. 
Die Fledermaus with Kiri Te Kanawa.
Here is Fledermaus with Kleiber auf Deutsch pt1, pt2, pt3.
Fidelio from Zurich with Kaufmann.

Verdi

Aida with Pavarotti from San Francisco.
Macbeth movie with Ramey and Verrett.
Rigoletto with Pavarotti and Gruberova.
La Traviata from Salzburg.
Don Carlo from Salzburg.
La Forza del Destino with Kaufmann/Harteros

Wagner

Tannhäuser with Marton and Troyanos from the Met.
Der Fliegende Holländer from Bayreuth.
Lohengrin from La Scala.
Die Walküre conducted by de Waart, pt1, pt2.  This is the one.  If you watch nothing else, watch this.
Parsifal from the Met, pt1, pt2, pt3.

French

Werther with Alvarez and Garanča.
Kleiber's Carmen from Vienna.
Roméo et Juliette with Alagna and Netrebko.
Faust from Zurich 
Carmen with Kasarova and Kaufmann--badly out of synch.

Verismo

Turandot in the forbidden city.
Tosca with Guleghina.
Luciano Pavarotti & Mirella Freni in La Bohème in San Francisco.  I think I saw this.
Zeffirelli film of Pagliacci.
Zeffirelli film of Cavalleria Rusticana with Domingo and Obrazova.
The Tosca movie, the one that begins as though we were seeing La Dolce Vita.
Another Tosca, this time with Franco Corelli. 
Madama Butterfly  
La Bohème from Salzburg 2012.

Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier from the Royal Opera
Der Rosenkavalier with Schwarzkopf.  Considered definitive.
Salome with Stratas.
Elektra with Gwyneth Jones
Die Frau ohne Schatten from Stockholm
Salome with Maria Ewing. 
Arabella with Karita Mattila and Thomas Hampson.

Tchaikovsky


Pique Dame from the Met.
Pique Dame from St. Petersberg with Guleghina.  
Eugene Onegin with Fleming

Modern 

Dialogues de Carmelites with Regine Crespin from 1981.
Cunning Little Vixen in English from NYCO.
Lulu with Stratas. 
Antony and Cleopatra with Malfitano pt1, pt2.  I admit I'm curious.
Death in Venice filmed in Venice.
The Aspern Papers original production.
Il Postino from Paris.
Einstein on the Beach

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Met Parsifal with Jonas, Pape and Mattei is also available complete via YT, although I believe it's coming out on DVD. As I recall, you didn't love it, but for me the Parsifal cinecast was a transcendent experience.

I'm not surprised the Munich Lohengrin is gone but the Barenboim one with Jonas and Dasch from La Scala is still up. Bachler has apparently changed his mind and both Il Trovatore and La Forza will be released on DVD.

Rackon

Dr.B said...

There's a misunderstanding. It is Parsifal itself I don't like. This particular version of it I found spectacularly good.