This past week, the libraries rolled out an exciting new resource: Columbia students now have free access to Met Opera On Demand, which features video and audio recordings of operas live from the Met. We combed through the catalog to find what you should be watching. Also note that today WKCR is honoring Benjamin Britten’s Centennial (what a year!), and you should probably check that out.
If you’re into…
- 1985′s Aida, featuring the stunning farewell performance of Leontyne Price. Nobody handles a 4-minute ovation for one song quite like Leontyne.
- 1977′s La Boheme with Pavarotti and Renata Scotto. It’s like RENT but better music!
- 1979′s Otello with Placido Domingo and Sherrill Milnes. Blackface! Shakespeare! Oh god political incorrectness!
- 2000′s Don Giovanni with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and John Relyea. There’s an aria where the Don’s servant lists how many women Giovanni has slept with. It’s a lot. And the whole plot is a hunt for more.
- 2010′s Carmen. Hi there, Elina Garanča.
- Le Comte Ory from 2011 with Juan Diego Florez, Diana Damrau, and Joyce DiDonato (swoon x3). Not making any promises here, but this may and may not end in a threesome.
- 2011′s Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn) with Anna Netrebko HELLLL YESSSS. Badass females, badass voices.
- Only to be one-upped by 2013′s Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots) with Joyce DiDonato HOLYY SHITTT if you want to see a perfect opera—production, music, performance—watch this recording.
- Don Carlo, 2010, with an awesome production by Nicholas Hytner and a great cast.