Retrospect Opera

Great British Operas On Record


These are all useful websites, some with information, and some where you can buy various British opera recordings:

* has all sorts of information about 19th-century British opera with an original English libretto.

* is the major site about Michael William Balfe.

* has recorded several British operas of the 19th century, as well as a particularly fine CD of overtures (see the SOMM entry, below).

* is about the Carl Rosa touring opera company. The Trust maintains a substantial and significant archive of world importance, of 19th- and early 20th-century performing materials. It is housed in state-of-the-art archival conditions at Liverpool Public Library. Here is the Library’s website.

* is building an ever-more comprehensive history of opera in Scotland, right up to the present day. A superb resource.

* Victorian opera overtures:

* Falstaff (Balfe):

* Robin Hood (Macfarren):

* Lurline (William Vincent Wallace):