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At Home Opera notes, July

Lots of free opera with English subtitles on offer as always this month.

One excellent source is OperaVision. Just click HERE and then click any opera to watch it.

Amongst many others, you can watch Mozart's "Don Giovanni", Schostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk" and Rossini's "Barber of Seville"

This month we'll be watching Donizetti's "L'elisire d'amore" A young geeky lad is trying to get off with a girl who has little interest in him. He tries using an elixir of love without much success but the fact that he's inherited a fortune eventually changes everything. Excellent singing and acting by a young cast.

Also there are outstandingly good, free, nightly performances from the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Each one is available to watch for just one day. Click HERE then scroll down and click on ‘Nightly Opera Stream’ half way down on the left side to watch that day’s offering. In particular we’ll be watching Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" on Monday 26 July in the UK.

combines political intrigue, forbidden love and assassination, and is loosely based on an 1833 play about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was shot while attending a masked ball.

(To see what else is coming up, look a little further down for ‘Nightly Opera Streams; Upcoming Schedule’. Each will be available to watch for free via the ‘Nightly Opera Stream’ box any time ON THE DAY AFTER THE DATE SHOWN, from half past midnight until 11.30 pm. That’s because they start at 7.30 pm in New York. But don’t use that page to try to play them unless you want to pay for it!)

We’ll meet on Zoom to discuss what we’ve watched at 10.30 am on 28 July and you’ll be very welcome to join us.