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« on: July 20, 2015, 08:30:52 am »

Many thanks to Mr. McGowan for the Telegraph's Entfuehrung.

Here is a link to what is - I feel - a worthwhile new site, the "European Opera Platform." I discovered it only last night, and have already downloaded two treasures:

1) The Twilight of the Gods (a single download of six and a half gigabytes!) conducted by that frizzy-haired Englishman from Berlin

2) Szymanowski's King Roger (two and a half gigabytes) at the Royal Opera House, conducted by a Signor Pappano (Italian it would seem)

http://www.theoperaplatform.eu/fr/opera

Choose FR, EN, or DE at the top right. Each of the two operas I downloaded has fifteen minutes of easily skipped feminine blather at the beginning in your selected language; but there are plenty of subtitles during the operas themselves.

My download method is a) copy the link with Flash Video Downloader, and then b) use iGetter to perform a download of the mp4 file. But there must be a multitude of other ways. The exact file names and sizes are:

060436-001-B_SQ_0_VO-STF_01896386_MP4-2200_AMM-ALW.mp4 (6,758,773,387 bytes)
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060392-001-B_SQ_0_VO-STE[ANG]_01828844_MP4-2200_AMM-OPERA.mp4 (2,978,832,883 bytes)

There are at present a dozen or so further operas available at that address; they do not appeal to me to the same extent.
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2015, 11:14:42 am »

I'm glad to hear you found KROL ROGER, Gerard!

I did in fact draw attention to it when it was first made available: http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,4872.0.html  but it's marvellous news that the stream continues to be available.

What a fine opera it is!  It's a pity this kind of operatic writing hasn't proven more popular in Europe subsequently...  It hardly seems possible this work is nearly a hundred years old.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 01:21:10 pm »

I'm glad to hear you found KROL ROGER, Gerard!

I did in fact draw attention to it when it was first made available: http://artmusic.smfforfree.com/index.php/topic,4872.0.html  but it's marvellous news that the stream continues to be available.

What a fine opera it is!  It's a pity this kind of operatic writing hasn't proven more popular in Europe subsequently...  It hardly seems possible this work is nearly a hundred years old.
Indeed - and, like Busoni's Doktor Faust, it's also a great pity that it has had so few productions since its première, especially as the work is Szymanowski pretty much at the height of his creative powers.
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2015, 09:48:46 pm »

One step fowards - two steps backwards.

European Opera Platform have now restricted viewing of their forthcoming output to "Europe only".  This week's release of Handel's ALCINA can't be seen unless you live somewhere like Utrecht.

I was surprised to discover that I don't live in Europe - according to them   Sad  Geographers typically maintain that the Urals Mountains mark Europe's border with Asia....

I don't imagine Gerard, or many of our N American members, will be greatly delighted with this decision either Sad



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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2015, 06:57:40 am »

This week's release of Handel's ALCINA can't be seen unless you live somewhere like Utrecht.

I was surprised to discover that I don't live in Europe - according to them

Hold onto your hat Neil McG, my husband and I want to investigate this one further. The same thing happens now from where we are: "Erreur: cette vidéo n'est pas disponible dans votre pays." But what a cheek that is to decide where "notre pays" is without asking us! Usefully, though, we have a VPN account, which enables notre pays to be whichever we want, or even nowhere - nationalism is such a twentieth century idea. The most obvious and simplest solution then will be if we simply download Alcina - and any other operas you would like - and pass them on to you. It won't be for a couple of days, since as it happens we are in the middle of downloading T & I at the moment. (The other way you might like is to start a VPN account of your own - the one we use, with bases ("servers") in many countries, including France, is at www.goldenfrog.com/vyprvpn If you do that, make sure that they have a server that works in France - or maybe in any other European countries.)

Anyway, before T & I is finished, would you let us know whether you prefer the DE, EN or FR version, and also if you have any favourite and fairly fast "file-lockers" - is that the name? - such as mega (mega.co.nz), or uloz.to, or mediafire perhaps, etc., etc. These opera files are usually around two or three gigabytes.
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2015, 08:53:25 pm »

The offer, dear Maud, is kindness embodified!  Smiley)

But I should, as you suggest, look into getting a VPN of my own.  It's rather annoying that the motivation should be that someone has decided I live on the wrong side of the tracks, of course Sad

But I'll look into a VPN..  and if that somehow fails, I shall certainly be grateful to receive the file from you!  Smiley)
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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2015, 12:28:52 pm »

VPN's are a breeze! A few pounds via paypal. You can cancel whenever you want. You can have some pleasure watching videos on 'Youtube' that are not for anyone outside the USA (or wherever?!). On the downside,my connection is bad enough without more stuff slowing it down (even though they say it doesn't!) and it can cause connection problems if your not that savvy with computers. Useful,though,if you are paranoid about your privacy. And the Edward Snowden fallout does (should!) make you think!! You don't have to use it all the time,anyway.
'Private Internet Access' are extremely cheap,but don't have the most servers. Around £6 (not sure of the exact amount). If you don't like them you just cancel. You can try some for free;but there are usually some kind of drawbacks like not being able to choose the server you want to use,and having to wait for a bit. 'Cyber Ghost',for example!
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