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.
Ira Ross begins each CD with an introduction to the opera and to the overture. He then describes the action of the first major episode and suggests what to listen for in the related music. This is followed by the music. This sequence is repeated for each additional major episode in the opera: narration - music - etc.
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If you would like additional information about the CDs in the Opera for Everyone series, or would like to order the original versions of the CDs, please visit the main website at www.operaforeveryone.com