“I’m all a wallow in hog heaven and had to share. Have stumbled on a series of ‘Opera Explained’ discs that walk you through 29 of the world’s best operas (or series — an excellent Wagner covers the Ring series in 2 discs). Each disc provides background on the composer, his life and times, in an academic (some may feel pedantic) voice over including numerous excerpts from the opera as well as the composer’s other works.
Most commentary by Thomson Smillie, an opera scholar and impresario, who is as enjoyable as the works themselves. Entertaining and insightful, if your enquiring mind wants to know, here is all you need to take your opera experience to the next level. Sou-ee!”
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