27 January 2014 by Michael Prodger

The five best opera websites

Whether you want the ABCs – Aïdas, Bohèmes, Carmens – or the latest news on opera music, tickets and information, these sites will make your experience sing

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She sang – and sure enough, for one poor soul it was over. Photo from Tosca at the English National Opera

Opera Magazine The website of the definitive warblers’ magazine offers a wide array of articles, reviews and profiles of significant singers, composers and conductors, all written by people who know their stuff. Visit Opera magazine.

Operabase A sometimes daunting database of all things opera. Search for forthcoming performances, see your favourite singer’s schedule, find the details of the world’s opera houses and companies and delve into the statistics section. Visit Operabase.

Royal Opera House Find out what’s coming up at the nation’s premier venue, with listings, rosters of performers and synopses of the operas and, more importantly, booking and ticket information. There is also a gift section for all those hard-to-satisfy operatic needs. Visit ROH

Other companies These are the sites for Britain’s other major venues/companies, including English National Opera, Opera North, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Opera Music Broadcast An American online radio site that plays a rolling selection of music for voices. Accompanying playlists make this a good way to sample a variety of operas before buying the CD. There is also news and video to distract you as you listen. Visit Opera Music Broadcast.

Michael is the art critic on Standpoint magazine, was literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has written on art for numerous newspapers and been a judge on panels including the Man Booker

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