Audio and Video Links
I. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Here is a link to an outstanding production at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. We will be focusing on the opening scene in particular as a representation of Enlightenment ideas in opera, but I hope you’ll listen to the rest of the opera some time.
II. Beethoven: Fidelio
This performance at the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York is excellent, and the YouTube audio and video fidelity is pretty good. Although it lacks subtitles, each part is only a few minutes long and has a title that will help you find its location in the libretto.
III. Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Opus 130/133
A YouTube posting of reasonable quality by the Talich Quartet.
Here’s a download from Amazon.com. Both the fidelity and the performance are outstanding, and it costs only $9.99:
IV. Schubert, Winterreise
A brilliant performance by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, available on Amazon.com for $9.49:
A strange film on YouTube by Ian Bostridge and Julian Drake. The link goes to the first song; links to the others are either on the side or the bottom of the page:
Barry Mitchell, a musicologist, was kind enough to post a translation of Müller’s lyrics here: