Video Alert: YT channels for the opera lover
I realize I’m late to the party.
Until a month ago, give or take, I hadn’t even realized how much opera (and concerts) there is on YouTube IN FULL.
And not “in full” as before, where you had to collect ten or twelve single files in measly quality to then play one after another, with usually one or two missing due to copyright. No, we’re talking one-opera-in-one-file. There is even a Götterdämmerung in one file out there (the one from Valencia, staged by Fuora del Baus). And it’s in pretty good quality, too. Granted, still no DVD level, but it’s enough to build a lot of listening/viewing repertory.
Now in an ideal world, we would all have enough money to do nothing but travel and see opera and concerts all across the planet. But in this world those who would have the time due to unemployment don’t have the money, and those who earn the money don’t have the time to do so. And unless you’re Scrooge McDuck, eve with money, opera travels and even opera DVD collections can eat up the rent money really quickly (actually, if you were Scrooge McDuck, you would never ever go to the opera, as to not spend any money, but you would most likely change after a whole Haller Revue line-up of Rhine Maidens in your money bunker every single night. They might even sing the Walalaweia with you, if you don’t behave like Alberich).
But for all these instances, there is YouTube.
Thank you, universe.
And most of all, thank you, dear opera lovers across the globe who spend a lot of time in capturing, editing and uploading all that glorious music for everyone else to enjoy (and who put up with YT’s idiotic and tiresome copyright policies!). Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Now in the interest of these channels remaining right where they are – online and available (oh oedipuscoloneus, we miss you!) – I won’t list any of the goodies contained (most of them are TV recordings, so not really infringing on any DVD-selling copyrights, but you can’t be careful enough) or even spell out the names of the channels. The folks who maintain them deserve commendations, not trouble with the infringement infantery.
I’ll just leave some treasure hunt hints to my current Top Five here:
Even if you do not check out any other place, do yourself the favor and visit the wife of esteemed romantic composer Robert Schumann (especially if you like VK, or Kermes, or both).
To reJoyce (among other things), play Fly on the Wall at this charming hideout.
“Caesar and Octavian” – might be a 1950s sandals movie, but here it means that utmost mezzo swagger, among countless other goodies (a lot of them Salzburg-born), awaits you.
If you enjoy the Golden Age of Belcanto and don’t mind sound only, there are princeless treasures to be found right here. Especially if you are a fan of the late Ms. Gencer!
More Italian anvils than you could shake a hammer at, and would you like some wodka with that?
And finally, if you ask yourself “Where shall I fly (now)?”, let me summarize this post as “More Power To Classic”, especially of the Baroque kind.
What about your favorites? Which ones did I miss (out on so far)?
Please leave your breadcrumb trails in the comments!