Opera

Contents

Appreciation

Ancient Civilization in Opera
DBM 130
Discusses Verdi’s Aida and Rossini’s Semiramide.

The Baritone: Villain or Promoter?
DBM 147
Arias sung by villains in operas including Don Giovanni, Faust, Rigoletto, La Gioconda, and Carmen.

Chivalry in Opera
DBM 120
Introduction to the musical significance of chivalry.

The Devil in Opera
DBM 186
Includes excerpts from Der Freischütz, Faust, and Tannhäuser.

Enjoying Italian Opera
DBM 1580
Dale Harris relates the history of the premieres of four popular operas: The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly, Aida, and Lucia di Lammermoor.

Enjoying Opera with Dale Harris
DBM 1547

Enjoying Wagner’s Ring
DBM 1579
Speight Jenkins, general manager of the Seattle Opera, explores Wagner’s Ring Cycle using metaphors and concepts to promote its meaning and significance.

Exploring the Opera
DBM 105
Historical account of the opera, with selections by French composer Bizet.

Famous Novels in Opera
DBM 126
Works by Mascagni, Puccini, Massenet, and Thomas are discussed as examples of operas based on famous novels.

A General Lecture on Puccini
DBM 862
Information about the composer’s selection of material for libretti. Musical examples are taken from Tosca and La Bohème.

A General Lecture on Verdi
DBM 1336
This composer, born into poverty, became one of the greatest opera composers of all time. There is also a comparison of Il Trovatore and Aida, two of his greatest works.

Greek Myths in Opera
DBM 119
Five selections from operas based on Greek myths. Includes commentary on each selection and story outlines.

Helen of Troy in Opera
DBM 145
Excerpts from the works of Gluck, Berlioz, and Offenbach, who used Helen of Troy as a subject of their operas.

The History of Opera
DBM 2883
Richard Fawkes offers a history of opera, illustrated by over 100 musical examples by artists on the Naxos label and other singers.

How to Listen to and Understand Opera
DBM 1608
Lectures delivered by Professor Robert Greenberg of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Inside the Metropolitan Opera: Stars and Critics Discuss the Bing Years
DBM 106
Biography and story of Sir Rudolph Bing, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera from 1949 to1972.

An Introduction to Beethoven, Fidelio
DBM 3427
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Fidelio in words and music.

An Introduction to Bellini, La Sonnambula
DBM 3628
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera La Sonnambula in words and music.

An Introduction to Bizet, Carmen
DBM 2879
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Carmen in words and music.

An Introduction to Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande
DBM 3430
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Pelléas et Mélisande in words and music.

An Introduction to Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore
DBM 3434
Thomson Smilie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera L’elisir d’amore in words and music.

An Introduction to Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice
DBM 3437
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Orfeo ed Euridice in words and music.

An Introduction to Leoncavallo, Pagliacci
DBM 3436
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Pagliacci in words and music.

An Introduction to Mascagni, Cavalleria Rusticana
DBM 3435
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Cavalleria Rusticana in words and music.

An Introduction to Massenet, Werther
DBM 3432
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Werther in words and music.

An Introduction to Monteverdi’s Orfeo
DBM 3631
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Orfeo in words and music.

An Introduction to Mozart, Cosi fan tutte
DBM 3414
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Cosi fan tutte in words and music.

An Introduction to Mozart, Don Giovanni
DBM 3417
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Don Giovanni in words and music.

An Introduction to Mozart, The Magic Flute
DBM 3428
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera The Magic Flute in words and music.

An Introduction to Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro
DBM 3416
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera The Marriage of Figaro in words and music.

Introduction to Opera
DBM 412
History of operatic style, with special emphasis on the contributions of Mozart, Bellini, and Wagner.

An Introduction to Puccini, La Bohème
DBM 3420
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera La Bohème in words and music.

An Introduction to Puccini, Madama Butterfly
DBM 3425
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Madama Butterfly in words and music.

An Introduction to Puccini, Tosca
DBM 3429
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Tosca in words and music.

An Introduction to Puccini, Turandot
DBM 3440
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Turandot in words and music.

An Introduction to Rossini, The Barber of Seville
DBM 3422
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera The Barber of Seville in words and music.

An Introduction to Rossini, Tancredi
DBM 3438
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Tancredi in words and music.

An Introduction to J. Strauss, Jr., Die Fledermaus
DBM 3426
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Die Fledermaus in words and music.

An Introduction to Verdi, Aida
DBM 3413
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Aida in words and music.

An Introduction to Verdi, Falstaff
DBM 3439
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Falstaff in words and music.

An Introduction to Verdi, Rigoletto
DBM 3421
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Rigoletto in words and music.

An Introduction to Verdi, Il Trovatore
DBM 3421
Thomson Smillie offers an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Il Trovatore in words and music.

An Introduction to Verdi, La Traviata
DBM 3423
La Traviata owes its enduring popularity to a superb story of young love and fatal sacrifice, set to music by Italy’s master melodist at the peak of his powers.

An Introduction to Wagner, The Flying Dutchman
DBM 3424
Thomson Smillie discusses Wagner and several of his other works followed by an analysis of The Flying Dutchman.

Introduction to Wagner’s Ring Cycle
DBM 1368
A general lecture about the writing of the Ring Cycle including how changes in Wagner’s life affected the story.

An Introduction to Wagner, The Ring of the Nibelung
DBM 3633
Stephen Johnson provides an introduction to the plot and background of The Ring of the Nibelung in words and music.

An Introduction to Wagner, Tristan und Isolde
DBM 3431
Christopher Cook gives an introduction to the plot and background of the opera Tristan und Isolde in words and music.

Life and Music of Georges Bizet
DBM 987
The life and work of Georges Bizet with excerpts from Carmen, his best-known opera.

The Life and Operas of Verdi
DBM 2439
Robert Greenberg delivers thirty-two lectures about Verdi and his operas.

Life in the Opera
DBM 1525
Heywood Hale Broun discusses 5,000 Nights at the Opera with the author, Sir Rudolf Bing. Another interview features actor Tony Randall and his love of opera.

Marriage in Opera
DBM 128
Selections on the theme of marriage.

The Master of Melody: Verdi
DBM 948
Biography of the renowned opera composer, his tragedy and triumphs.

Meet Mr. Mozart
DBM 1551
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Richard Strauss
DBM 1683

Michael Barclay Lectures on Take Me to Your Lieder
DBM 1698

Michael Barclay Lectures on Verismo
DBM 771
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations. I Pagliacci by Leoncavallo and Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni are the two operas featured.

Michael Barclay Lectures on the World of Bel Canto
DBM 1435

Misfortune of the Mezzo-Soprano
DBM 122
Describes the mezzo-soprano’s supportive role in opera. Selections from Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah, Bizet’s Carmen, and Verdi’s Rigoletto and Il Trovatore.

The Music of Richard Wagner
DBM 246
Excerpts from The Flying Dutchman, The Valkyrie, Lohengrin, and Siegfried.

Music in Shakespeare’s Plays
DBM 1500

Old Testament Stories in Opera
DBM 163
Excerpts from three of the many operas based on Old Testament stories.

The Operas of Mozart
DBM 2437

Lectures by Robert Greenberg.
The Operas of Verdi

DBM 188
Charles Osborne discusses Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Aida, La Traviata, and Otello.

The Opera Scene
DBM 1524
Heywood Hale Broun talks with author James McCourt and Leontyne Price about McCourt’s book, Mawrdew Czgowchwz, (Mardu Gorgeous) a parody featuring a Czech diva.

Operetta Memories
DBM 1000
Operetta in America is reviewed. “Waltz of the Merry Widow” is among the musical selections.

Orpheus in Opera
DBM 127
Discusses settings of the Orpheus myth by composers over the past 350 years.

Panorama of Russian Opera
DBM 1378
A study of Russian opera from its 1834 beginnings to twentieth-century works. Michael Barclay discusses musical illustrations from Boris Godonov, The Love of Three Oranges, and Eugene Onegin.

Primitive Theater of the Americas
DBM 252
This lecture discusses the theater of the Americas before and after the American Revolution. Some arias are heard from Edwin and Angelina, The Archer, The Beggar’s Opera, and others.

Richard Wagner, Philosopher
DBM 200
A 1970 lecture-concert by Boris Goldovsky at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Selections from Wagner’s opera Parsifal.

The Ring
DBM 78
Introduction to Wagner’s masterpiece, showing how Wagner represented characters, situations, and ideas through his system of leitmotifs.

Rossini, a General Lecture
DBM 1436
Narrated by Michael Barclay

Verdi and Shakespeare
DBM 1421
When he was a boy, Verdi was presented with a complete copy of the works of Shakespeare. In many of Verdi’s operas the influence of Shakespeare is apparent.

The Voices of Opera
DBM 185
Vocal classification of opera singers illustrating each voice part with the excerpts from various operas.

Wagner, Oedipus, and Tannhäuser
DBM 1419
Michael Barclay suggests that Wagner preceded Freud by fifty years in discovering the psychological and sexual ties between children and their parents.

Wagner’s Ring Cycle
DBM 1526
BBC production. Motifs and themes of Der Ring des Niebelungen are presented, along with harmonic description.

Plots

Adriana Lecouvreur

Michael Barclay Lectures on Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea
DBM 790
Adriana Lecouvreur has often failed, and has had few successful revivals since its opening in 1902.

L’Africaine

Michael Barclay Lectures on L’Africaine
DBM 1354
A lecture on one of the seldom-performed works by Meyerbeer.

Aida

Aida
DBM 1295
This opera was written by Verdi to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. Ann Thompson talks about the opera and about life and society in Egypt under the pharaohs.

Aida
DBM 1581
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Aida by Verdi
DBM 1439
Commentary by Bridget Paolucci. Lecture with many musical illustrations from famous recordings.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
DBM 1689

Alceste

Alceste
DBM 1565
Alfred Glasser talks about Gluck’s Alceste.

Andrea Chénier

Andrea Chénier
DBM 1367
Commentary by Ann Thompson of Giordano’s best-known opera. Talks about the real Andrea Chénier’s life.

Andrea Chénier
DBM 1582
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Andrea Chénier
DBM 1355
Discusses the verismo movement in music and literature.

Anna Bolena

Anna Bolena
DBM 1271
Ann Thompson talks about this opera seria in two acts by Donizetti with a libretto by Felice Romani.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Anna Bolena
DBM 1410
An overnight success after its December 1830 premiere in Naples, this opera established Donizetti as a major talent.

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra
DBM 1566
Alfred Glasser talks about Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra. Musical excerpts included.

Arabella

Arabella
DBM 1712
Ann Thompson talks about the Strauss opera Arabella.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Arabella
DBM 1333
This opera proved to be the last collaboration between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos
DBM 1270
Ann Thompson discusses this opera in one act and a prologue, which premiered in Vienna with music by Richard Strauss and libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Ariadne auf Naxos
DBM 1440
Commentary by Albert Innaurato. Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Ariadne auf Naxos
DBM 1327
The two contrasting acts in this opera are discussed, and the relationship between Richard Strauss and von Hofmannsthal is explored.

As It Happened

As It Happened
DBM 1583
Ardis Krainik and Danny Newman talk to Norman Pellegrini about a forty-year span (1954–1994) history of Chicago Lyric Opera and selected backstage stories.

Atlas

Atlas
DBM 1404
Ann Thompson discusses the opera, which had its 1991 premiere in Houston, Texas.

Attila

Attila
DBM 1548
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Attila
DBM 1356
Discusses one of Verdi’s middle period operas, which caused Verdi’s name to be synonymous with Italian independence.

The Ballad of Baby Doe

The Ballad of Baby Doe
DBM 1723
Michael Barclay presents background and story information about Douglas Moore’s opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe.

Un Ballo in Maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera
DBM 1401
Discusses the history and the difficulty of staging this opera by Verdi. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Un Ballo in Maschera
DBM 1441
Lecture by Michael Barclay with many illustrations from famous performances.

Un Ballo in Maschera
DBM 1584
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Un Ballo in Maschera
DBM 1330
A lecture on one of the late-middle period works of Verdi.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)

The Barber of Seville
DBM 1585
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
DBM 1431
Ann Thompson discusses the catastrophe of the opera’s first performance and its subsequent path to success.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
DBM 759
Rossini wrote this opera and many others like it to “please his audience and to make himself rich.” He did both.

The Bartered Bride

The Bartered Bride
DBM 1567
Alfred Glasser talks about Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride.

The Beggar’s Opera

The Beggar’s Opera
DBM 187
John Gay satirizes eighteenth-century English society by glorifying the career of the thief Macheath.

The Betrothal in a Monastery

The Betrothal in a Monastery
DBM 1722
Michael Barclay talks about Prokofiev’s second most popular opera, Betrothal in a Monastery.

Billy Budd

Billy Budd
DBM 1711
Lecture by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Billy Budd by Britten
DBM 788
E.M. Forster adapted the libretto from the novella by Herman Melville.

La Bohème

La Bohème
DBM 1266
Giacomo Puccini’s opera in four acts depicts the Bohemian life of Paris in the 1830s. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

La Bohème
DBM 1438
Commentary by Bridget Paolucci. Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Bohème by Puccini
DBM 760
Puccini’s love for “le piccole cose” (the little things) finds its highest expression in this opera.

Boris Godunov

Boris Godunov
DBM 1259
Ann Thompson sets the scene of Mussorgsky’s opera in a prologue and four acts based on Pushkin’s play of the same name.

Boris Godunov
DBM 1442
Commentary by George Jellinek. Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

Boris Godunov
DBM 1586
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky
DBM 867
This opera is the story of the Russian people, and the largest role in the opera is given to the chorus.

Candide

Candide
DBM 1559
Alfred Glasser talks about Candide, by Leonard Bernstein. Musical excerpts included.

Capriccio

Capriccio
DBM 1560
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Capriccio
DBM 1357
Discussion of Richard Strauss’s last opera written in 1942.

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Michael Barclay Lectures on I Capuleti e i Montecchi
DBM 1358
According to Michael Barclay, Bellini took this opera’s plot from Italian folklore rather than the familiar Shakespeare story.

Carmen

Carmen
DBM 1272
Georges Bizet’s opera is set in Spain in the 1820s. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Cavalleria Rusticana

Cavalleria Rusticana, with I Pagliacci
DBM 1395
Comparison of these two works by Mascagni and Leoncavallo, with a discussion of verismo opera and a brief description of opera today. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Cendrillon

Michael Barclay Lectures on Cendrillon by Massenet
DBM 800
A French retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella.

La Cenerentola

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Cenerentola
DBM 1341
In the nineteenth century, La Cenerentola was Rossini’s most popular work.

Cinderella

Cinderella
DBM 1549
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

La Clemenza di Tito

La Clemenza di Tito
DBM 1400
A lecture on the opera written by Mozart for the coronation of Leopold II in 1791. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Clemenza di Tito
DBM 1359
A discussion of Mozart’s last opera. Problems in choosing singers, staging, and bringing meaning to this work are touched upon.

Le Comte Ory

Le Comte Ory
DBM 1269
Ann Thompson talks about Rossini’s light-hearted comedy in the French style, which depicts the story of the dissolute young Comte Ory and his efforts to win the favors of a lady.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Michael Barclay Lectures on Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Offenbach
DBM 859
Lecture that sheds some light on the story of this opera. The premiere took place four months after the composer’s death.

Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte
DBM 1297
The last of Mozart’s three great Italian comic operas, it did not gain a place in the opera repertoire until the beginning of the twentieth century. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Così fan tutte
DBM 1587
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart
DBM 1690

Dangerous Liaisons

Michael Barclay Lectures on Dangerous Liaisons by Susa
DBM 1679
Michael Barclay talks about Dangerous Liaisons by Conrad Susa on the occasion of its premiere.

Daphne

Michael Barclay Lectures on Daphne by Richard Strauss
DBM 1680

Dead Man Walking

Dead Man Walking
DBM 1725
Michael Barclay talks about Dead Man Walking by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terence McNally.

Death in Venice

Death in Venice
DBM 1443
Commentary by Albert Innaurato with many musical illustrations from famous performances.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Death in Venice by Benjamin Britten
DBM 1692

The Death of Klinghoffer

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams
DBM 1434

Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Dialogues of the Carmélites
DBM 1398
This opera by Poulenc premiered at Milan’s La Scala in 1957. Ann Thompson discusses the French Revolution and the Carmelite order.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Dialogues des Carmélites by Poulenc
DBM 860
The libretto for this opera is taken directly from the play by Bernanos. Each scene is a separate dialogue on an aspect of Catholicism.

Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas
DBM 1550
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

Don Carlos

Don Carlos
DBM 1701
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Don Carlos
DBM 1347
Verdi wrote Don Carlos in 1867 for the Paris Opera. Michael Barclay describes the different versions and the restoration of material at the beginning of the work.

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni
DBM 1268
Ann Thompson talks about Mozart’s comic opera with a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, which is based on previous stories, plays, and libretti on the subject of the libertine punished.

Don Giovanni
DBM 1310
From the series Talking About Opera, commentary by Father Owen Lee.

Don Giovanni
DBM 1558
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Don Giovanni by Mozart
DBM 761
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale
DBM 1588
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Don Pasquale
DBM 1710
Talk by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Don Pasquale
DBM 1361
A discussion with musical examples of Donizetti’s last opera.

Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte
DBM 1568
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Die Dreigroschenoper (Three Penny Opera)

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Dreigroschenoper (Three Penny Opera)
DBM 1360
Written by Weill in the summer of 1928, this opera reflected current happenings in Germany.

Elektra

Elektra
DBM 1430
Richard Strauss took an active role in the editing of this libretto, and he lived to see the opera become a modern repertoire staple. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Elektra
DBM 1589
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Elektra
DBM 1329
A lecture on Richard Strauss’s fourth opera and the first of his collaborations with the playwright von Hofmannsthal.

L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love)

The Elixir of Love
DBM 1590
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

The Elixir of Love
DBM 1709
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on L’Elisir d’Amore by Donizetti
DBM 792
The first of the sentimental comedies that grew out of the tradition of the opera buffa of the eighteenth century.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
DBM 1299
This opera, written in 1781, is the oldest of Mozart’s operas still performed. In writing this work, Mozart realized his dream of creating a German-language opera or Singspiel. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Mozart
DBM 865
This singspiel, composed in 1781, was commissioned by Emperor Joseph II. The themes are forgiveness and enlightenment.

Ernani

Michael Barclay Lectures on Ernani
DBM 1362
Lecture on Verdi’s fifth opera.

Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
DBM 1444
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

Eugene Onegin
DBM 1591
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Eugene Onegin
DBM 1339
A lecture with musical illustrations on perhaps the best-known of Tchaikovsky’s operas.

Evita

Michael Barclay Lectures on Evita and Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber
DBM 799
A lecture on two shows written by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Falstaff

Falstaff
DBM 1262
When Verdi penned the score of his last work for the stage, Falstaff became one of many operatic vehicles from Shakespeare. Discussed here by Ann Thompson.

Falstaff
DBM 1445
Commentary by Bridget Paolucci.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Falstaff
DBM 1331
This opera, Verdi’s last, had its 1882 premiere at Milan’s La Scala.

La Fanciulla del West

La Fanciulla del West
DBM 1446
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Fanciulla del West by Puccini
DBM 861
Notes on the opera by Puccini, the first to be premiered at the Met. The American story is taken from a play by David Belasco, a popular American playwright of the time.

Faust

Faust
DBM 1267
Gounod’s librettists, Michel Carr and Jules Barbier, selected the love story of Faust and Marguerite from the original dramatic poem by Goethe. Ann Thompson presents Gounod’s version.

Faust
DBM 1593
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Faust
DBM 1708
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

La Favola d’Orfeo

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Favola d’Orfeo by Claudio Monteverdi
DBM 1696

La Favorite
DBM 1728
Michael Barclay talks about Donizetti’s forgotten opera La Favorite.

Fedora

Fedora
DBM 1561
Alfred Glasser talks about Fedora by Umberto Giordano.

Die Feen (The Fairies)

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Feen (The Fairies)
DBM 1363
A lecture on Wagner’s first opera, written when he was nineteen.

Fidelio

Michael Barclay Lectures on Fidelio by Beethoven
DBM 784
This opera looks forward to the music dramas of Wagner while looking backward to the operas of Mozart, and still holds the stage today because of the timelessness of its subject matter.

The Fiery Angel

The Fiery Angel
DBM 1730

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Fiery Angel by Serge Prokofiev
DBM 1681

La Fille du Regiment

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Fille du Regiment by Gaetano Donizetti
DBM 1682

Die Fledermaus

Die Fledermaus
DBM 1273
Johann Strauss the younger was already famous as a composer of Viennese dance music before he turned his hand to operetta. Ann Thompson discusses this comedy of errors, set in Vienna in the mid-1800s.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Fledermaus
DBM 1418
A discussion of casting problems with this operetta by Strauss. The lecturer also questions whether they should perform it in an opera house at all.

Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)

Der fliegende Holländer
DBM 1447
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances.

The Flying Dutchman
DBM 1707
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Der fliegende Holländer by Wagner
DBM 762
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations. Explores the subject of redemption, which continues throughout Wagner’s later works.

La Forza del Destino

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Forza del Destino
DBM 1332
This opera by Verdi premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, and influenced a whole generation of Russian opera composers.

Die Frau ohne Schatten

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Frau ohne Schatten
DBM 1328
Another Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal collaboration. This opera began with a very successful premier, then dropped from the operatic repertoire until the 1960s.

Der Freischütz

Michael Barclay Lectures on Der Freischütz
DBM 1348
One of the earliest German-language operas, this work by von Weber opened the way for Wagner and other German romantics.

Frida

Frida
DBM 1424
Based on the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this opera by Robert Xavier Rodriguez had its 1991 premiere in Philadelphia. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

The Gambler

The Gambler
DBM 1569
Alfred Glasser talks about The Gambler by Sergei Prokofiev. Musical excerpts feature soloists and chorus from the Bolshoi Opera Theatre.

La Gioconda

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Gioconda by Ponchielli
DBM 1198
According to the lecturer, this opera is the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Each vocal type is represented with arias and duets for everyone.

The Girl of the Golden West

The Girl of the Golden West
DBM 1570
Alfred Glasser talks about La Fanciulla del West, (The Girl of the Golden West) by Giacomo Puccini. Musical excerpts feature Birgit Nilsson and Andrea Mongelli.

Giulio Cesare/Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
DBM 1392
Discussion by Ann Thompson of one of Handel’s best-known operas. Includes information about Handel’s life in London, opera seria, castrati, and countertenors.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Giulio Cesare by G.F. Handel
DBM 1687

Michael Barclay Lectures on Julius Caesar by Handel
DBM 795
Written in London in 1725, it is revived more often than any of Handel’s other forty operas. Includes information about the castrati of Handel’s time.

Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung
DBM 1316
Commentary by Peter Allen.

Götterdämmerung
DBM 1595
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Götterdämmerung
DBM 1365
A lecture on the opera that is last in Wagner’s Ring, but the first of the four to be written.

La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein
DBM 1366
Lecture on the last of Offenbach’s great operettas.

Guillaume Tell

Michael Barclay Lectures on Guillaume Tell
DBM 1415
Examines the opera, debuted in 1829, that was Rossini’s last work for the stage before family matters and the changing tastes in music led to his retirement at the age of thirty-five.

Hamlet

Michael Barclay Lectures on Hamlet by Ambroise Thomas
DBM 1693

Hänsel und Gretel

Hänsel und Gretel
DBM 1406
Discussion of the opera’s story with musical illustrations. Ann Thompson reads the Grimm fairy tale on which Humperdinck based the opera.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck
DBM 796
A lecture on the most famous fairy tale in the operatic repertoire.

Harvey Milk

Michael Barclay Lectures on Harvey Milk
DBM 1694
Michael Barclay talks about the opera Harvey Milk by composers Korie and Wallace, premiered in 1995.

Hérodiade

Michael Barclay Lectures on Hérodiade
DBM 1684
Michael Barclay talks about Hérodiade by Jules Massenet.

Idomeneo

Michael Barclay Lectures on Idomeneo by Mozart
DBM 866
This opera, commissioned for Munich in 1781, was the first of Mozart’s great operas.

L’Incoronazione di Poppea

Michael Barclay Lectures on L’Incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi
DBM 803
Written in 1642, this work is the oldest surviving masterpiece in the repertoire today. Also includes notes on the beginnings of opera.

Iphigénie en Tauride

Michael Barclay Lectures on Iphigénie en Tauride
DBM 1369
A lecture on what is considered Gluck’s masterpiece, which is seldom performed today.

L’Italiana in Algeri

Michael Barclay Lectures on L’Italiana in Algeri by Gioacchino Rossini
DBM 1688

Jenůfa

Jenůfa
DBM 1448
Lecture about the opera, including excerpts from famous performances. Commentary by Yveta Synek Graff.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Jenůfa by Leoš Janáček
DBM 797
A lecture on the most popular of Janáček’s operas.

Jephtha and Saul

Michael Barclay Lectures on Jephtha and Saul
DBM 1414
When the Italian opera began to decline in popularity, Handel turned to the composition of oratorios to make money. Two oratorios often staged as operas are presented here.

Kátya Kabanová

Kátya Kabanová
DBM 1449
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Yveta Synek Graff.

Kátya Kabanová
DBM 1571
Alfred Glasser talks about Kátya Kabanová by Czech composer Leoš Janáček.

Kátya Kabanová
DBM 1703
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Kátya Kabanová by Leoš Janáček
DBM 798
Based on a Russian play called The Thunderstorm.

Khovanshchina

Michael Barclay Lectures on Khovanshchina
DBM 1371
Discussion of Mussorgsky’s unfinished last opera that R`imsky-Korsakov later completed.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
DBM 1455
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Harlow Robinson.

Lear

Michael Barclay Lectures on Lear by Reimann
DBM 864
Written in 1978, this is the first operatic version of Shakespeare’s play.

Lohengrin

Lohengrin
DBM 1426
A lecture on Wagner’s last opera before he began writing his music dramas. Ann Thompson relates the story and discusses its sources.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Lohengrin by Wagner
DBM 763
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

I Lombardi

I Lombardi, with Stiffelio
DBM 1450
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Bridget Paolucci.

Lucia di Lammermoor

Lucia di Lammermoor
DBM 1298
For many years the only serious Donizetti opera to be heard, it is based on the Walter Scott novel. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti
DBM 793
Discusses the forms of arias and duets in the bel canto operas.

Lulu

Michael Barclay Lectures on Lulu by Berg
DBM 786
Both Lulu and the opera itself represent twentieth-century life at its most pessimistic.

Macbeth

Macbeth
DBM 1706
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Macbeth
DBM 1334
A lecture on Verdi’s favorite early opera.

Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly
DBM 1383
A lecture on the opera Puccini loved most. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
DBM 1402
This minimalist opera by Philip Glass was premiered in July 1988 by the Houston Grand Opera. It is a science fiction story, taken from the novel by Doris Lessing. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Makropulos Affair

Makropulos Affair
DBM 1562
Alfred Glasser talks about The Makropolous Affair by Leoš Janáček.

Manon

Manon
DBM 1296
Ann Thompson lectures on the best-known of Massenet’s operas. Some information is given about the composer and Abbé Prévost, the author of the novel.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Manon
DBM 1416
Michael Barclay Lectures on Massenet’s best-known opera. The lives of the composer and the novelist, Abbé Prévost, are discussed.

Manon Lescaut

Michael Barclay Lectures on Manon Lescaut
DBM 1374
The first successful Puccini opera premiered only weeks before Falstaff, Verdi’s last opera.

Maometto II

Michael Barclay Lectures on Maometto II
DBM 1375
This lecture suggests that the reason the opera failed at its premiere was it was far ahead of its time. It began to find success in opera houses in the 1990s.

McTeague

McTeague
DBM 1572
Alfred Glasser talks about twentieth-century composer William Bolcom’s opera McTeague.

The Medium

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Medium (with La Voix Humaine)
DBM 1417
The subjects of these two operas, from contemporary composers Menotti and Poulenc, deal with truth and reality.

Mefistofele

Mefistofele
DBM 1407
Boito’s only opera produced today. This lecture refers to other Faust operas, plays, and stories. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito
DBM 1685

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
DBM 1451
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Peter Allen.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Meistersinger by Wagner
DBM 764
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

The Merry Widow

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Merry Widow and Operetta
DBM 765
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor
DBM 1552
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

The Midsummer Marriage

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Midsummer Marriage
DBM 1352
This opera by Sir Michael Tippett was first produced in 1955 with a stellar cast. It is a “quest” opera in which the characters learn about themselves and fulfillment.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Michael Barclay Lectures on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten
DBM 1432

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
DBM 1428
This lecture gives the plot with musical excerpts. The opera by Britten, which was written in 1960, is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

The Mikado

The Mikado
DBM 1405
The story is presented with musical examples. The lives of Gilbert and Sullivan, the company they founded, and their quarrels are also discussed. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Moses und Aron

Michael Barclay Lectures on Moses und Aron
DBM 1337
Although written in 1932, this opera by Schoenberg was not premiered until 1954 and not staged until 1957.

Nabucco

Michael Barclay Lectures on Nabucco by Verdi
DBM 1433
Michael Barclay talks about Verdi’s Nabucco.

Nabucco
DBM 1705
Ann Thompson talks about Verdi’s success with his third opera, Nabucco, including commentary on the popular chorus “Va, pensiero.”

New Year

New Year
DBM 1372
Rebirth and self-discovery are the themes of Tippett’s science fiction opera, first produced in 1989 in Houston, Texas. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Nixon in China

Nixon in China
DBM 1284
Written and premiered in 1987, this opera by John Adams is concerned with Richard Nixon’s 1973 visit to the People’s Republic of China. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Norma
Michael Barclay Lectures on Norma by Bellini
DBM 785
In his use of orchestration and extended scene, Bellini looks forward to the music dramas of Richard Wagner.

Norma
DBM 1263
Bellini’s work is a combination of great lyrical beauty and considerable dramatic tension. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Michael Barclay Lectures on Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart
DBM 766
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations. Susanna and Figaro, the successful couple, are pitted against the Count and Countess, the failed couple.

Le Nozze di Figaro
DBM 1393
The plot of the opera is followed by a general discussion of Beaumarchais, Mozart, and da Ponte’s lives and works. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Orlando

Michael Barclay Lectures on Orlando
DBM 1376
A lecture about one of Handel’s greatest “magic” operas, which was not performed between 1733 and 1960. There is also a discussion of staging and casting problems.

Orlando Furioso

Michael Barclay Lectures on Orlando Furioso
DBM 1377
Vivaldi borrowed materials from his own and other composers’ works. Today it is unclear which pieces he wrote specifically for this opera.

Orpheus in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld
DBM 1260
Ann Thompson talks about Offenbach’s parody of the story of Orpheus—light opera that ends with the famous can-can.

Otello (Rossini)

Otello
DBM 1597
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Otello (Verdi)

Michael Barclay Lectures on Otello
DBM 1344
After Verdi had been retired for sixteen years, his wife, librettist, and publisher persuaded him to write another opera. He turned to Shakespeare for inspiration.

Otello
DBM 1309
Commentary by Bridget Paolucci.

Otello
DBM 1389
Ann Thompson gives the plot synopsis and background information about the composition of Verdi’s opera.

Otello
DBM 1437

Parsifal

Michael Barclay Lectures on Parsifal
DBM 1349
Michael Barclay discusses the psychological and sexual aspects of this opera, Wagner’s last, written specifically for Bayreuth’s Festspiel Haus.

Parsifal
DBM 1390
A lecture that suggests this opera, Wagner’s last, is “all things to all people,” depending upon how they approach it. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

The Passion of Jonathan Wade

The Passion of Jonathan Wade
DBM 1388
Floyd wrote the original version of this opera for the New York City Opera in the early 1960s. Thirty years later the composer wrote a revised version for the Houston Grand Opera. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Pelléas et Mélisande

Michael Barclay Lectures on by Debussy
DBM 791
In this psychological opera, the lecturer suggests that the title characters do not wish to accept responsibility for their actions.

Pelléas et Mélisande
DBM 1454
Talk with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Father Owen Lee.

Pelléas et Mélisande
DBM 1574
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Peter Grimes

Michael Barclay Lectures on Peter Grimes by Britten
DBM 789
The first of Britten’s operas to be staged. The central theme is the outsider who does not fit into society.

Peter Grimes
DBM 1453
Lecture with many illustrations from famous performances. Commentary by Albert Innaurato.

Pique Dame

Michael Barclay Lectures on Pique Dame
DBM 1350
Michael Barclay discusses Tchaikovsky’s life, work, and death. This opera was based on a short story by Pushkin, with a libretto by the composer’s brother.

Platée

Michael Barclay Lectures on Platée by Jean-Philippe Rameau
DBM 1691

Porgy and Bess

Porgy and Bess
DBM 1261
George Gershwin’s opera in three acts, based on a text by du Bose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, is the first American opera to be a substantial success. It is also perhaps the only opera founded on the jazz of the 1920s and 1930s. Discussed by Ann Thompson.

Prince Igor

Michael Barclay Lectures on Prince Igor by Borodin
DBM 1695

Prince Igor
DBM 1702
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Le Prophète

Michael Barclay Lectures on Le Prophète
DBM 1379
A lecture on an opera by Meyerbeer that is seldom performed because of the difficulty of its roles. It does, however, point the way to Verdi and Puccini.

I Puritani

Michael Barclay Lectures on I Puritani
DBM 1380
Bellini wrote this opera, his last, shortly before his death at the age of thirty-three. Michael Barclay discusses casting problems and the lack of drama.

I Puritani
DBM 1575
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Rake’s Progress

Michael Barclay Lectures on The Rake’s Progress
DBM 1345
This work, which premiered in 1951, is an example of Stravinsky’s neoclassic period.

The Rake’s Progress
DBM 1563
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Das Rheingold

Michael Barclay Lectures on Das Rheingold
DBM 1326
Wagner regarded this opera as a prologue to the Ring. This lecture examines the opera and some of the problems it presents.

Das Rheingold
DBM 1311
Commentary by Peter Allen.

Rienzi

Michael Barclay Lectures on Rienzi
DBM 1381
Wagner’s third opera, the first to find success, is compared with the operas of Meyerbeer.

Rigoletto

Michael Barclay Lectures on Rigoletto by Verdi
DBM 768
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations. He explores the father-daughter theme that runs through many of Verdi’s works.

Rigoletto
DBM 1403
This opera by Verdi, based on a play by Victor Hugo, was changed many times before it passed the censors in Venice. Compares the lives of Hugo and Verdi. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Rigoletto
DBM 1598
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria

Michael Barclay Lectures onIl Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
DBM 1382
Only three of Monteverdi’s operas exist today. This work presents instrumentation, casting, and performance-time problems for the performers.

Roberto Devereux

Michael Barclay Lectures on Roberto Devereux by Donizetti
DBM 794
One of the operas that has been discovered in this century during the bel canto revival. The lecture also covers information on forms of pieces in the operas and types of voices used.

Roméo et Juliette

Michael Barclay Lectures on Roméo et Juliette
DBM 1384
Through the early twentieth century Gounod’s opera was the most often performed opera based on Shakespeare.

Roméo and Juliet
DBM 1553
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

La Rondine

La Rondine
DBM 1283
This is the least performed of Puccini’s mature operas. Ann Thompson compares it with other Puccini operas and with operettas of the period.

Der Rosenkavalier

Der Rosenkavalier
DBM 1364
Ann Thompson discusses in detail the characters in Richard Strauss’s work, the most popular opera of the twentieth century.

Michael Barclay Lectures on Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss
DBM 767
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

Rusalka

Rusalka
DBM 1394
Ann Thompson discusses Dvořák’s best-known opera and his years in America.

Rusalka
DBM 1452
Lecture by Yvetta Synek Graf with many illustrations from famous performances.

Ruslan and Lyudmila

Michael Barclay Lectures on Ruslan and Lyudmila by Glinka
DBM 1686

Salome

Michael Barclay Lectures on Salome
DBM 1342
This opera by Richard Strauss caused a sensation at its premiere. Officials banned it from the Metropolitan Opera for many years.

Salome
DBM 1264
Although Salome so shocked audiences at the beginning of this century, it is now a part of the standard repertoire. Ann Thompson discusses Richard Strauss’s setting of Oscar Wilde’s play of the same title.

Samson and Delilah

Michael Barclay Lectures on Samson and Delilah
DBM 1346
Out of Saint-Saëns’s twelve operas, this is the only one represented in the modern repertoire.

Samson and Delilah
DBM 170
Saint-Saëns’s opera, with introduction and synopsis by Marcia Davenport. Sung in French. English libretto in braille available on request.

Samson and Delilah
DBM 1391
Saint-Saëns’s opera retells the biblical story. Ann Thompson gives some information about the lives and customs of the times in which it is set.

Samson et Dalila
DBM 1576
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Semiramide

Michael Barclay Lectures on Semiramide
DBM 1338
This opera was one of Rossini’s most successful productions of its time. Michael Barclay gives some information about the voice types Rossini liked to use.

Siegfried

Michael Barclay Lectures on Siegfried
DBM 1385
Lecture on the third opera in Wagner’s Der Ring des Niebelungen.

Siegfried
DBM 1315

Simon Boccanegra

Michael Barclay Lectures on Simon Boccanegra
DBM 1340
This opera failed at its premiere. Twenty-five years later Verdi re-orchestrated it and Arrigo Boito added some scenes, creating a success.

Simon Boccanegra
DBM 1599
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

La Sonnambula

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Sonnambula
DBM 1386
Michael Barclay gives information about the opera, composer Bellini, and librettist Romani.

La Sonnambula
DBM 1577
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Street Scene

Street Scene
DBM 1425
In 1935 Kurt Weill attended a rehearsal of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Gershwin’s use of jazz and blues music fascinated him. Street Scene reflects much of the Porgy and Bess spirit. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Susannah

Susannah
DBM 1554
Narrated by Ann Thompson.

Susannah
DBM 1578
Alfred Glasser talks about Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah and its importance in the twentieth century.

Tales of Hoffmann

Tales of Hoffmann
DBM 1427
Discusses the life and work of one of France’s best-known composers of the operetta. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Tannhäuser

Michael Barclay Lectures on Tannhäuser
DBM 1412
Michael Barclay discusses the several sources that Wagner used to fashion the libretto for this opera.

Tannhäuser
DBM 1294
This is Wagner’s fifth opera and the first to use the leitmotif. Ann Thompson discusses chivalry in the Middle Ages and Wagner’s life.

Thaïs

Michael Barclay Lectures on Thaïs by Massenet
DBM 801
Although neglected for many years, it has now become as important as Manon and Werther among the operas of Massenet.

Tosca

Michael Barclay Lectures on Tosca by Puccini
DBM 769
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations. Barclay discusses Puccini’s ability to let his audience see inside the minds of his characters.

Tosca
DBM 1399
Historical background and a discussion of Puccini’s life follow a brief synopsis of the plot. Narrated by Ann Thompson.

Tosca
DBM 1601
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

La Traviata

Michael Barclay Lectures on La Traviata by Verdi
DBM 770
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

La Traviata
DBM 1313
Commentary by Peter Allen.

La Traviata
DBM 1429
This opera by Verdi had a difficult beginning but found its place as one of the great nineteenth-century works. Ann Thompson discusses the courtesan in French society of the 1800s.

La Traviata
DBM 1602
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Tristan und Isolde

Michael Barclay Lectures on Tristan und Isolde
DBM 1343
Michael Barclay discusses some psychological and sexual ideas in this difficult-to-understand opera.

Tristan und Isolde
DBM 1704
Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Il Trittico

Michael Barclay Lectures on Il Trittico
DBM 1420
The three operas in this work by Puccini (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi) are bound together by the common theme of death.

Il Trovatore

Michael Barclay Lectures on Il Trovatore
DBM 1411
Michael Barclay suggests that this was one of the last operas from the bel canto school.

Il Trovatore
DBM 1397
A discussion of Verdi’s opera with musical examples follows a discussion of gypsies and their lives. Narrated by Ann Thompson.

Il Trovatore
DBM 1603
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

The Tsar’s Bride

The Tsar’s Bride
DBM 1738
Michael Barclay talks about Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride and the composer’s background with the “Russian Five.”

Turandot

Michael Barclay Lectures on Turandot by Puccini
DBM 863
This work, which was left unfinished at Puccini’s death, was completed by a student and premiered two years later.

Turandot
DBM 1265
Puccini’s last opera is a setting of Gozzi’s play based on a Chinese fable about a cruel Eastern princess who slays those who love her. Commentary by Ann Thompson.

Das Verratene Meer

Michael Barclay Lectures on Das Verratene Meer
DBM 1498

I Vespri Siciliani

Michael Barclay Lectures on I Vespri Siciliani
DBM 1697

The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe

The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe
DBM 1604
Alfred Glasser and stage director Frank Galati talk about The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe by American composer Dominick Argento.

Die Walküre

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Walküre
DBM 1335
In this opera Wagner deals with incest and the guilt resulting from it.

Die Walküre
DBM 1312
Commentary by Peter Allen.

War and Peace

Michael Barclay Lectures on War and Peace
DBM 1423
Prokofiev worked on this opera during the last twelve years of his life.

Werther

Michael Barclay Lectures on Werther by Massenet
DBM 802
The opera Werther is based on the novel The Sufferings of Young Werther by the German poet Goethe.

Wozzeck

Michael Barclay Lectures on Wozzeck by Berg
DBM 787
Although written in 1925, the play upon which it is based was written in the 1830s.

Wozzeck
DBM 1314
Terence McNally talks about Berg’s Wozzeck.

Wozzeck
DBM 1605
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Xerxes

Xerxes
DBM 1564
Commentary by Alfred Glasser.

Die Zauberflöte

Michael Barclay Lectures on Die Zauberflöte by Mozart
DBM 772
A lecture by Michael Barclay with musical illustrations.

Die Zauberflöte
DBM 1396
This presentation points out the Masonic symbolism in Mozart’s opera. According to Ann Thompson the plot might not be as complicated and divisive as some think.

Michael Barclay Lectures

A General Lecture on Puccini
DBM 862

Michael Barclay Lectures on Verismo
DBM 771

Michael Barclay Lectures on Richard Strauss
DBM 1683

Michael Barclay Lectures on Take Me to Your Lieder
DBM 1698

Michael Barclay Lectures on the World of Bel Canto
DBM 1435

L’Africaine DBM 1354
Aida DBM 1689
Adriana Lecouvreur DBM 790
Andrea Chénier DBM 1355
Anna Bolena DBM 1410
Arabella DBM 1333
Ariadne auf Naxos DBM 1327
Attila DBM 1356
Un Ballo in Maschera DBM 1330
Il Barbiere di Siviglia DBM 759
Billy Budd DBM 788
La Bohème DBM 760
Boris Godunov DBM 867
Capriccio DBM 1357
I Capuleti e i Montecchi DBM 1358
Cendrillon DBM 800
La Cenerentola DBM 1341
La Clemenza di Tito DBM 1359
Les Contes d’Hoffmann DBM 859
Così fan tutte DBM 1690
Dangerous Liaisons DBM 1679
Daphne DBM 1680
Death in Venice DBM 1692
The Death of Klinghoffer DBM 1434
Dialogues des Carmélites DBM 860
Don Carlos DBM 1347
Don Giovanni DBM 761
Don Pasquale DBM 1361
Die Dreigroschenoper DBM 1360
Elektra DBM 1329
L’Elisir d’Amore DBM 792
Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail DBM 865
Ernani DBM 1362
Eugene Onegin DBM 1339
Evita and Cats DBM 799
Falstaff DBM 1331
La Fanciulla del West DBM 861
La Favola d’Orfeo DBM 1696
Die Feen DBM 1363
Fidelio DBM 784
La Fille du Regiment DBM 1682
The Fiery Angel DBM 1681
Die Fledermaus DBM 1418
Der fliegende Holländer DBM 762
La Forza del Destino DBM 1332
Die Frau ohne Schatten DBM 1328
Der Freischutz DBM 1348
La Gioconda DBM 1198
Giulio Cesare DBM 1687
Götterdämmerung DBM 1365
La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein DBM 1366
Guillaume Tell DBM 1415
Hamlet DBM 1693
Hänsel und Gretel DBM 796
Harvey Milk DBM 1694
Hérodiade DBM 1684
Idomeneo DBM 866
L’Incoronazione di Poppea DBM 803
Iphigénie en Tauride DBM 1369
L’Italiana in Algeri DBM 1688
Jenůfa DBM 797
Jephtha and Saul DBM 1414
Julius Caesar DBM 795
Kátya Kabanová DBM 798
Khovanshchina DBM 1371
Lear DBM 864
Lohengrin DBM 763
Lucia di Lammermoor DBM 793
Lulu DBM 786
Macbeth DBM 1334
Manon DBM 1416
Manon Lescaut DBM 1374
Maometto II DBM 1375
The Medium DBM 1417
Mefistofele DBM 1685
Die Meistersinger DBM 764
The Merry Widow DBM 765
The Midsummer Marriage DBM 1352
A Midsummer Night’s Dream DBM 1432
Moses und Aron DBM 1337
Nabucco DBM 1433
Norma DBM 785
Le Nozze di Figaro DBM 766
Orlando DBM 1376
Orlando Furioso DBM 1377
Otello (Verdi) DBM 1344
Parsifal DBM 1349
Pelléas et Mélisande DBM 791
Peter Grimes DBM 789
Pique Dame DBM 1350
Platée DBM 1691
Prince Igor DBM 1695
Le Prophète DBM 1379
I Puritani DBM 1380
Rake’s Progress DBM 1345
Das Rheingold DBM 1326
Rienzi DBM 1381
Rigoletto DBM 768
Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria DBM 1382
Roberto Devereux DBM 794
Roméo et Juliette DBM 1384
Der Rosenkavalier DBM 767
Ruslan and Lyudmila DBM 1686
Salome DBM 1342
Samson and Delilah DBM 1346
Semiramide DBM 1338
Siegfried DBM 1385
Simon Boccanegra DBM 1340
La Sonnambula DBM 1386
Tannhäuser DBM 1412
Thaïs DBM 801
Tosca DBM 769
La Traviata DBM 770
Tristan und Isolde DBM 1343
Il Trittico DBM 1420
Il Trovatore DBM 1411
Turandot DBM 863
Das Verratene Meer DBM 1498
I Vespri Siciliani DBM 1697
Die Walküre DBM 1335
War and Peace DBM 1423
Werther DBM 802
Wozzeck DBM 787
Die Zauberflöte DBM 772

Alfred Glasser Commentaries on Lyric Opera

Aida DBM 1581
Alceste DBM 1565
Andrea Chénier DBM 1582
Antony and Cleopatra DBM 1566
Un Ballo in Maschera DBM 1584
The Barber of Seville DBM 1585
The Bartered Bride DBM 1567
Boris Godunov DBM 1586
Candide DBM 1559
Capriccio DBM 1560
Così fan tutte DBM 1587
Don Giovanni DBM 1558
Don Pasquale DBM 1588
Don Quichotte DBM 1568
Elektra DBM 1589
The Elixir of Love DBM 1590
Eugene Onegin DBM 1591
Faust DBM 1593
Fedora DBM 1561
The Gambler DBM 1569
The Girl of the Golden West DBM 1570
Götterdämmerung DBM 1595
Kátya Kabanová DBM 1571
Makropulos Affair DBM 1562
McTeague DBM 1572
Otello (Rossini) DBM 1597
Pelléas et Mélisande DBM 1574
I Puritani DBM 1575
The Rake’s Progress DBM 1563
Rigoletto DBM 1598
Samson et Dalila DBM 1576
Simon Boccanegra DBM 1599
La Sonnambula DBM 1577
Susannah DBM 1578
Tosca DBM 1601
La Traviata DBM 1602
Il Trovatore DBM 1603
The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe DBM 1604
Wozzeck DBM 1605
Xerxes DBM 1564

Ann Thompson Commentaries

Aida DBM 1295
Andrea Chénier DBM 1367
Anna Bolena DBM 1271
Arabella DBM 1712
Ariadne auf Naxos DBM 1270
Atlas DBM 1404
Attila DBM 1548
Un Ballo in Maschera DBM 1401
Il Barbiere di Siviglia DBM 1431
Billy Budd DBM 1711
La Bohème DBM 1266
Boris Godunov DBM 1259
Carmen DBM 1272
Cavalleria Rusticana, with I Pagliacci DBM 1395
Cinderella DBM 1549
La Clemenza di Tito DBM 1400
Le Comte Ory DBM 1269
Così fan tutte DBM 1297
Dialogues of the Carmélites DBM 1398
Dido and Aeneas DBM 1550
Don Carlos DBM 1701
Don Giovanni DBM 1268
Don Pasquale DBM 1710
Elektra DBM 1430
The Elixir of Love DBM 1709
Die Entführung aus dem Serail DBM 1299
Falstaff DBM 1262
Faust DBM 1267/ DBM 1708
Die Fledermaus DBM 1273
The Flying Dutchman DBM 1707
Frida DBM 1424
Hänsel und Gretel DBM 1406
Julius Caesar DBM 1392
Kátya Kabanová DBM 1703
Lohengrin DBM 1426
Lucia di Lammermoor DBM 1298
Macbeth DBM 1706
Madama Butterfly DBM 1383
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 DBM 1402
Manon DBM 1296
Mefistofele DBM 1407
The Merry Wives of Windsor DBM 1552
A Midsummer Night’s Dream DBM 1428
The Mikado DBM 1405
Nabucco DBM 1705
New Year DBM 1372
Nixon in China DBM 1284
Norma DBM 1263
Le Nozze di Figaro DBM 1393
Orpheus in the Underworld DBM 1260
Otello DBM 1389
Parsifal DBM 1390
The Passion of Jonathan Wade DBM 1388
Porgy and Bess DBM 1261
Prince Igor DBM 1702
Rigoletto DBM 1403
Roméo and Juliet DBM 1553
La Rondine DBM 1283
Der Rosenkavalier DBM 1364
Rusalka DBM 1394
Salome DBM 1264
Samson and Delilah DBM 1391
Street Scene DBM 1425
Susannah DBM 1554
Tales of Hoffmann DBM 1427
Tannhäuser DBM 1294
Tosca DBM 1399
La Traviata DBM 1429
Tristan und Isolde DBM 1704
Il Trovatore DBM 1397
Turandot DBM 1265
Die Zauberflöte DBM 1396

Talking about Opera: Various Commentators

Aida DBM 1439
Ariadne auf Naxos DBM 1440
Un Ballo in Maschera DBM 1441
La Bohème DBM 1438
Boris Godunov DBM 1442
Death in Venice DBM 1443
Don Giovanni DBM 1310
La Fanciulla del West DBM 1446
Der fliegende Holländer DBM 1447
Eugene Onegin DBM 1444
Falstaff DBM 1445
Götterdämmerung DBM 1316
Jenůfa DBM 1448
Kátya Kabanová DBM 1449
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk DBM 1455
I Lombardi, with Stiffelio DBM 1450
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg DBM 1451
Otello (Verdi) DBM 1309
Pelléas et Mélisande DBM 1454
Peter Grimes DBM 1453
Das Rheingold DBM 1311
Rusalka DBM 1452
Siegfried DBM 1315
La Traviata DBM 1313
Die Walküre DBM 1312
Wozzeck DBM 1314

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