Website of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
If you need a recording fix, Mostly Opera is the perfect chill spot. This week’s Website of the Week includes thorough, thoughtful reviews of mostly opera recordings and DVDs along with sound clips, video clips, and further suggested recordings. Mostly Opera is an absolutely fantastic resource for singers looking to begin or expand their personal music library with the best stuff out there! Here’s a bit more about the blogger:
“I’m a woman in my 30s living in Copenhagen. With my job (which you don´t want to hear about) I have the opportunity to travel quite a lot – always trying to combine it with opera, which is what I’ll mostly write about…but also on classical music in general. Primarily (but in no way exclusively) Wagner, Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, R Strauss, Alban Berg and the likes… and more contemporary composers (such as Messiaen, Boulez, Saariaho, Norgaard and in particular the lesser known composers – if I know them myself!). So don’t expect to be updated on the latest whereabouts of Anna & Rolando here…not that I don’t like gossip – it’s just a full-time job to keep track of it! And furthermore this blog is a Mozart-free zone! Please note that I am not a musicologist or music critic and any writing on my part may only be viewed as informal talk. I have been playing the violin, piano and have been singing since I was 5, at one point considering a professional career in singing, but never knowing how your voice may turn out in 10-15 years and realizing that I’m not really an ensemble person and would make an awful chorus singer, I chose an academic career and now music is just a hobby..”
Whether you agree with the reviews of the materials featured on Mostly Opera or not, it’s a great gateway to learning more about opera recordings and structuring the perfect library for your needs. Have fun!