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.

Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Overture and Act I, Scene 1

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.


L.V. Beethoven, FIDELIO (1), MET 2003, Ouverture, James Levine


      Part 2

      Part 3

      Part 4

      Part 5

      Part 6

      Part 7

      Part 8  

      Part 9

      Part 10

      Part 11

      Part 12

      Part 13

      Part 14

      Part 15

      Part 16

      Part 17


III.             Beethoven, String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major, Opus 130/133

A YouTube posting of reasonable quality by the Talich Quartet.

I. Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro

II. Presto

III. Andante

IV. Allegro Assai

V. Cavatina: adagio molto espressivo

VI. Allegro (Finale)                                                    

Alternate VI. Grosse Fuge

Here’s a download from Both the fidelity and the performance are outstanding, and it costs only $9.99:

Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in Bb Major: The Julliard String Quartet

IV.             Schubert, Winterreise

A brilliant performance by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, available on for $9.49:

Schubert, Winterreise

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:

Schubert, Winterreise

Barry Mitchell, a musicologist, was kind enough to post a translation of Müller’s lyrics here:

Winterreise lyrics