Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here are some of our favorite websites with interesting insights and useful information:

Arts Journal: Arts, Culture, Ideas
Free daily or weekly newsletters on a variety of wide-ranging topics

Dare we say “sexy” blog featuring our favorite bad boys of opera? (Yes, they cover basses too!)

Beyond Criticism
Articles on performing and fine arts by cultural commentator Matthew Gurewitsch

Classical Review
Music critic Larry Johnson’s one-stop online source for classical music coverage

Iron Tongue of Midnight
Blog by Lisa Hirsch, an Oakland-based opera geek and semi-professional musician

Opera America
Bottomless well of resources, publications, online courses, and even a video library

Opera Glass
Stanford site, good source for libretti, source texts, synopses, composer bios, etc.

Opera Lively
New website with amazing depth of content including original news articles, exclusive interviews, and public forums on a wide variety of topics

Opera News
Online version of monthly publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild

Opera Platform
Fifteen opera companies have joined forces to stream a “European opera season online” with a new production offered every month

Opera San Jose Blog
Insights and interviews relating to OSJ’s productions

Opera Sleuth
New blog “on the art of Opera” by Speight Jenkins, who recently retired after 31 years as General Director of Seattle Opera

Opera Spoofa
When you need a good laugh from “The Surprising World of Opera Humour ”

Opera Tattler
Reviews, breaking local news, and season schedules for west coast opera companies

Opera War Horses
Dedicated to “the standard repertory” (operas first produced between 1786 and 1926)

Amazing database: search for specific performances, artists, and company schedules

Lists audio opera broadcasts on the Internet for the upcoming week

Lists of free streaming opera videos currently online

Parterre Box
Campy but insightful blog & archived podcasts from the NYC-based “La Cieca”

San Francisco Classical Voice
Weekly newsletter includes News, Reviews, Previews, and even free mp3 Downloads

San Francisco Opera Blog
Unique insights into the world of SFO

San Francisco Opera Facebook Page
Public site accessible to all and updated daily with news, interviews, photos, and videos

San Francisco Opera Performance Archive
Searchable database of all SFO productions with dates, cast, crew, and more

San Francisco Opera YouTube Channel
Excerpts from current and past productions, “Behind the Voice” interviews with singers, “Behind the Scenes” sneak peaks at sets and costumes, and “First Opera Kiss” series

San Jose Opera Guild
Comprehensive “Lecture & Event” calendar and “Opera in SF Bay Area” schedules

Wagner Society of Northern California
Local wellspring of knowledge for all things Wagnerian