So the BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), helped by EMI, released the first extracts of those 1907 recordings that were opened in September (due to technical difficulties, the opening was delayed from 2007).
The website, Les voix ensevelies, provides a short film to introduce the concept (French only, no subtitles), great photos from 1907 as well as some from the opening process, and a wide selection of audio extracts.
Audio extracts (more available on the BNF website):
- Pol Plaçon, "Vous qui faites l’endormie" from Gounod's Faust
- Julia Lindsay, "Je veux vivre dans ce rêve" from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette
- Emma Calvé, "L’amour est un oiseau rebelle" from Bizet's Carmen
- Ernestine Schumann-Heink, "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" from Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila (in German)
- Nellie Melba, "Caro nome" from Verdi's Rigoletto
- "Les voix des fantômes de l'Opéra sortent de leurs urnes", Marie-Aude Roux for Le Monde
- "From a vault in Paris, Sounds of Opera 1907", Alan Riding for the NY Times