Arte Videos and The Opera Platform


Members are familiar with recordings from the Arte TV channel which Dermot and Ron bring to our sessions, making us jealous of the access they have to such wonderful programmes.

Well, we underprivileged ones can now watch also, thanks to Arte on the web.


(Note: The above link brings up a list of available videos which are free to view. Each video remains up for an extended period (six months or so). To speed up loading time, only a limited number of items appears to begin with. I’ve outlined in red a clickable area at the bottom of the web page which displays additional items.)


Arte are one of several broadcasters and opera houses who have come together to launch a very welcome new initiative on the web. Arte’s video web site has a direct link in its menu (indicated by the red arrow in the screen shot above), or you can find The Opera Platform here. The Opera Platform is an initiative of Opera Europa developed in partnership with ARTE and fifteen opera houses/festivals from across Europe. The Opera Plaform launched with David McVicar’s production of La Traviata in a performance recorded on the 8th of May at the Teatro RĂ©al in Madrid. Also available is a recording of Szymanowski’s King Roger, a Covent Garden performance recorded on the 16th of May (was this screened to cinemas?).

Anyway, do make a note of The Opera Platform.

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