About us

401Sales.com is the webshop of 401DutchOperas.com, 401DutchDivas.nl, 401ModernOperas.com, 401Brel.nl, Darclee.com and FrancoCorelli.nl.

What we are 

We are not a webshop in the normal sense of the word. Instead of selling random produts, we sell sell exclusively products that have a direct link to the intellectual and artistic framework of our websites. We will not sell just any recording of say, Puccini’s ‘La bohème’, but only those that feature Dutch vocalists, Franco Corelli, colleagues of Hariclea Darclée and so on.

Meaningfull offerings 

Books and recordings will never be offered at random, but are always offered in relation to a meaningful context provided on one of our websites. 

Non profit organization 

Although we wouldn’t mind selling millions of copies, reality is that most of our rather unique and non-mainstream products have a very limited appeal, some downloads doing anything from 0 to a record 30 downloads. Given that we present such downloads always within the framework of an exhaustive background article on one of the websites, one can guess that this is not the most profitable ‘business’. Why then do we continue this ‘business’? We do this because we believe in the cultural content matter of these websites. We want to preserve these specific topics as cultural heritage within our own field of interest. That defines us as a non-profit organization. Money earned is immediately reinvested in the websites, which, in terms of hosting, maintenance, copyrights, and updates are rather costly. By buying from us, you support our cultural quest, the genuineity of which we believe is immediately clear from any of our websites or books. 

Our websites


401DutchOperas.com

This website promotes operas composed by Dutch composers. We offer exclusive cds/dvds/downloads, at times produced by ourselves, at times by local partners, always in agreement with them and therefore in joint copyright.

 

401DutchDivas.nl 

This website promotes Dutch vocalists. We offer exclusive cds/dvds/downloads, at times produced by ourselves, at times by external partners, always in agreement with them and therefore in joint copyright.

 

401ModernOperas.com

This website promotes 20TH & 21ST Century operas, with a focus on the post 1945 period. We offer exclusive cds/dvds/downloads, at times produced by ourselves, at times by external partners, always in agreement with them and therefore in joint copyright.

 

401Brel.nl 

This website promotes René Seghers’s 2012/13 Dutch language biography of Jacques Brel: Jacques Brel De Definitieve Biografie (Tirion (NL)/Houtekiet (BE). 401Sales.com is the only website that offers this book in an exclusive version, hand signed by the author with dedication. Due to copyright reasons we cannot yet offer cd’s/dvd’s/downloads, but we are negotiating the rights to do so in the future.

 

FrancoCorelli.nl

This website promotes René Seghers’s 2008 American language biography of Franco Corelli: FrancoCorelli prince of Tenors (Amadeus Press, New York, USA). 401Sales.com is the only website that offers this book in an exclusive version, hand signed by the author with dedication. We are working toward a download program of exclusive Corelli products, partially never issued before. In time, we might issue an e-book version of Prince of Tenors.

 

Darclee.com

This website promotes René Seghers’s upcoming 2013/14 English language biography of Hariclea Darclée: The Life & Times of the first Tosca Hariclea Darclée. 401Sales.com is the only website that will offers this book in an exclusive version, hand signed by the author with dedication. We are contemplating a cd/download with Darclée recordings paired with recordings of her partners in specific roles from the period 1898–1917.