You can listen to historic sound recordings for free via the National Jukebox at the Library of Congress. Compile your own playlists, browse artists or genres, by language, date range, or composer, or listen to LC’s ready-made playlists.
Hear Fanny Brice (1891-1951) sing “Second Hand Rose“!
Listen to Ada Jones’ 1914 rendition of Irving Berlin’s “If That’s Your Idea of a Wonderful Time, Take Me Home“!
Thrill to Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude performed by Italy’s Teatro alla Scala Orchestra in 1907!
Or, page through a digital facsimile of the 1919 Victrola Book of the Opera— where you can read synopses of more than 110 operas and link to audio from within the book.