Coding to the Classics

I’ve been coding for a school project these past few days, and opera is ideal listening for just such an occasion, seeing as it lasts so long!

Cherubini Medea title page

In addition to listening to BBC’s Pilgrim’s Progress (blogged about here, and online until Saturday), I’ve also made use of Opera Today‘s collection of full live opera performances.  Today it was Cherubini‘s 1797 opera Médée, in a 1961 La Scala performance starring Maria Callas.

Cherubini’s Medea, streaming performance from Opera Today

Callas as Medea

(You’ll notice the opera was called Médée but this performance is called Medea, as it’s sung in an Italian translation.)

The top image links to Harvard‘s Loeb Music Library collection of digitized scores and libretti.  A very neat resource if you’re looking for free sheet music (here’s another one)!


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