New Opera Website Offers Free Live Streams in Collaboration with 15 European Opera Houses
Good news for Opera fans, the new website launched earlier by Opera is now offering live streaming of performances and that too for free. The programme backed by EU aims on making the service more accessible.
According to a press statement, the availability of free Opera online is an initiative to make it get in the reach of those who love it and to those who have never heard about it.
The Opera Platform is an online platform for the promotion and enjoyment of opera. It is designed to appeal equally to those who already love opera and to those who may be tempted to try it for the first time.
Verdi’s opera La Traviata, the story about a courtesan and a young boy and their doomed love will be available for streaming on Friday (today) directly from the stage of Madrid’s Teatro Real free of cost. The website, www.theoperaplatform.eu, is an EU funded three year project with an estimated US$4.5 million budget.
15 European Opera companies from 12 countries have collaborated for this project, few of them include the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Royal Opera House in London and the Vienna State Opera. The site will be providing its audiences with subtitles from 6 different languages namely Spanish, Polish, Italian, German, French and English.
Wagner’s ‘Götterdämmerung’ will be up on the site next month for streaming conducted by Simon Rattle from Vienna followed by King Roger (Karol Szymanowski’s Krol Roger). At least, one live transmission will be available on the website each month and it will be available on demand for the next six months.