According to the company, the WNO is the first European opera company to offer its own live performances over the Internet.
The audio segments, which will be available for download and thus can be kept permanently, include the overture, the Spinning Chorus, the duet from Act II, and the Sailor's Chorus; streaming video of the Dutchman's first monologue, the Spring and Sailor's Chorus, and the Act II duet can be watched through the web site.
Both the downloads and streams will be available at www.wno.org.uk until April 15, the WNO's 60th anniversary, as the company tours the U.K.
"Although there is nothing better than the live experience of opera, these quickly expanding technologies enable everyone in the world, very quickly, to access what we are doing in our country, in our city and in our Company," said music director Carlo Rizzi, who conducts the production. "The Dutchman downloads are part of a wider strategy to bring something extra to all our audiences—the regular operagoer who might want a momento of a great evening out in the theater, or a newcomer who is intrigued to try something new, but wants a taster of what to expect."