Wednesday, 21 September 2011

More DVDs

Over the summer, the Faculty Library was fortunate to receive a donation of around 40 opera DVDs which has increased our collection by around 50%. Although second-hand, most had never been played. Some have provided us with our first DVDs of particular operas, e.g. Berlioz, The Trojans, (Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner), or Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila (Kirov Opera/ Gergiev), others supplement our existing collection with alternative versions which offer a choice of productions for the purposes of comparison or just to cater for different tastes. There are also a few recordings which might now be considered ‘historic’, such as Lanfranchi’s production of Turandot (1958), with the legendary Franco Corelli as Calaf, and Karl Bohm’s performance of Ariadne auf Naxos from the 1965 Salzburg Festival. Progress is gradually being made in adding them to SOLO so they should soon all be available for use.


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