I’ve always enjoyed reading and often re-reading a book to experience something again or gain a new perspective on it. Do you have works you often return to?
Opera similarly offers the opportunity to explore or re-explore works. We understand the story and music anew each time we see an opera performed in a different way. In addition it is always interesting to explore the similarities and differences between the source material and the resulting operatic piece.
To delve in deeper on this week’s Met Opera nightly free streams (May 11-17) here are some links for watching and listening further:
Werther - The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe (should be available on any book app). This book really explores the emotions and path of this tragic character. I have a difficult relationship with this young man which I talked about on a video opera chat:
The Tempest – Shakespeare – I always prefer watching Shakespeare to reading it. YouTube has options available to see the entire play. Short on time? Try this animated synopsis: Click Here
Ariadne auf Naxos - Perhaps you have a mythology text around but you can also read more about her myth on the internet: Click Here
Peter Grimes - Based on the narrative poem, "Peter Grimes" from George Crabbe's book The Borough. I found it for free on my book app – adding to my reading list.
Lucia di Lammermoor - The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott. The story takes a while to get started (skip a bit) but once you reach the characters we know it is EXCELLENT!
Rigoletto- Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s'amuse. I couldn’t find this available to read online, but you can get an idea from the Wikipedia Summary
Nabucco- Old Testament: The libretto is based on biblical books of 2 Kings, Jeremiah, Lamentations and Daniel