Monday, August 13, 2007

The Opera

Recently, I've been enjoying some famous opera pieces with my children. I like to educate my children with as many free resources as possible and so I did a little online research. In the process, I found a wonderful website that offers free Opera lessons.

"This site enables opera companies and educators to access and download FREE digital versions of the Opera for Everyone series of CDs and the Teaching Manual for teaching purposes. Our objective is to have these materials used to introduce everyone to opera -- the remarkable combination of music, drama, dance and the visual arts. Opera for Everyone provides an excellent opportunity for students and educators alike to become familiar with the background and music of four classic operas -- each related to a different important period of opera: Rossini's The Barber of Seville (1816); Verdi's La Traviata (1853); Bizet's Carmen (1875); and Puccini's Madama Butterfly (1904).

Each CD tells the story in two ways, first with words and then with music."

You may need to edit some parts. I have not listened to all of them yet.

Here are some other links to aid you in your opera studies:
Opera Plot Summaries

Top Ten Operas

Opera Tunes as MIDI files

Listen to famous Opera pieces:

one step at a time...


  1. You find the coolest stuff!

  2. Wow. What neat resources! Thank you for sharing.

  3. What a wonderful resource! I think that opera is the ultimate audio art form, and I will enjoy listening to more clips.

    Janice Campbell

  4. That is about the coolest resource I've seen in awhile. Thanks for that!!

  5. Wow! I love when other people find great things for me! lol :) Thanks for the info!

  6. Cassandra15.8.07

    I just wanted to thank you for sharing how you homeschool. Your tips are extremely helpful as I look ahead to HEO for my 8th grader and assorted other curriculum (mainly Ambleside and Old Fashioned Ed) for my 7th and 6th graders. Thanks for the time and sharing of your gifts!

  7. You are all most welcome!

  8. We loved reading about operas and ballets as well as the other AO arts. We started with a cd "Opera for Kids" and moved on to the Met's book of stories. We'll check out ideas with the kids! Back in public school they are truly art starved!