Several years ago there was an opera thread in the original Amph-forum. Now I'm starting one again. The reason is that now is a great time to discover opera, or new operas. There are several opera houses that offer free performances during at the moment. In Europe you can find Operavision which is a collaboration between several opera houses in Europe. The Metropolitan is also having one free performance available to stream every day, and that is where I'm going to start. The coming week has many great operas for beginners. I will post the schedule here, together with my comments. The operas are avaiable on the Met's site from 6:30 Easter time, and is available for 24 hours after that. Monday, April 6 Verdi’s Aida One of the most famous operas of all time. It has several famous pieces, like the Triumphal march, Celeste Aida and Patria Mia. It's basically a lot of what you think opera is all about, and the music is great. Tuesday, April 7 Puccini's La Fanciulla del West When Puccini wote La Fanciulla there was a trend towards more contemporary settings for operas, and this opera is set in the California Gold Rush. I like the story a lot, about a women who basically runs a whole camp but then have to decide if she wants to run off with her outlaw lover. Just don't laugh at the first scene wher Puccini has the miners coming in and randomly shouting "hello", to give it a feeling of the wild west. Wednesday, April 8 Verdi's Falstaff If you like Shakepspeare this is based on the Merry Wives of Windsor, and this is a comedy, usually seen as Verdi's master piece. So not all operas are tragic or dramatic, some are simply funny. Thursday, April 9 Wagner's Parsifal This should be played on Friday, since a lot of the opera is about the miracle of the Good Friday. This is a really heavy opera, both when it comes to music and content. It has a cult following and is filled with mysticism. I saw this production when it was livecast and I had a fever, and maybe that was a good thing. Don't think too much, just float away on the music. Friday, April 10 Gounod's Roméo et Juliette This is the only opera of this week that I haven't seen. I might see it just because of that. French operas are usually lighter, but no less serious, than Italian and German operas. Saturday, April 11 Donizetti's Don Pasquale This is probably the performance I would recommend if you want to just try out an opera. It's comedy, it's got great singers, and the staging is very traditional. Traditional in this case means that you don't have to decipher what the director wants to say with the production. Sunday, April 12 Mozart's Cosi fan tutte Another comedy and light opera. Mozart is always easy listening. The staging, set in a 1950s Coney Island looks really interesting, but I have a big probelm with the story so I'm not sure that I'm going to actually see..