krol-roger_Page_1_Image_0001There are a number of sites which now provide streaming access to opera productions available openly on the Web.

Culturebox is a subsidiary of Francetv.fr offering access to a wealth of cultural and musical resources. Their opera section at http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/live/musique/opera provides access to online high quality videos of French opera productions including Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti, Chausson etc.

The Opera Platform showcases at least one complete opera every month, as well as highlights from productions throughout Europe.

It also provides valuable background documentary material on opera productions: this month includes a feature on Gerald Barry’s recent Importance of Being Earnest.  The site is available at: http://www.theoperaplatform.eu/en

Opera Europa (http://opera-europa.org/) provides a useful window into the current activities of its 155 member companies, professional opera houses and festivals throughout Europe.

Many thanks to Liam Mansfield for bringing these resources to our attention.

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