Opera in Video

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“An excellent teaching tool for music schools. . . Highly recommended.” –Notes

Opera in Video is a content-rich database and should be considered for subscription for institutions that have any music programme.” –Reference Reviews

Opera in Video is a comprehensive collection of operatic performances covering the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. The collection contains 500 hours of video comprising 288 operatic works.

A comprehensive video collection

Opera in Video provides coverage in all forms of operatic performance, and is relevant to a broad range of studies, including music history, music appreciation, opera performance, analysis and theory:

  • Multiple productions of the most studied operas allow for comparative analysis, showing various interpretations of staging/set design.
  • Videos of legendary performers are together for the first time, cross searchable and available for side-by-side comparison.
  • Interviews with singers, stage designers, and directors, integrated with excerpts of live performances, show the development of each production.

The collection includes standard repertoire studied in opera literature, opera workshop, opera history and music history classes, as well as operas outside the standard repertoire like:

  • Michael Tippett’s King Priam
  • Philip Glass’ Satyagraha
  • Aulis Saalinen’s The Palace

Great Opera Companies

Here are some of the great opera companies featured in Opera in Video:

Great performances

Here are a sample of the great performances featured in Opera in Video:

  • Carmen, with Maria Ewing conducted by Zubin Mehta (1991)
  • Billy Budd, with Thomas Allen and Richard Langridge conducted by David Atherton (1988)
  • Julius Caesar, with Janet Baker, Sarah Walker, and Valerie Masterson conducted by Charles Mackerras (1984)
  • L’Africaine, with Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, and Ruth Ann Swenson conducted by Maurizio Arena (1988)
  • La Bohème, with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov conducted by Tiziano Severini (1988)
  • Capriccio, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Victor Braun conducted by Donald Runnicles (1993)
  • Orlando Furioso, with Marilyn Horne, Susan Patterson, and Sandra Walker conducted by Randall Behr (1989)
  • Aida, with Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov conducted by Lorin Maazel (1985)
  • The Rake’s Progress, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Felicity Lott, Frederica von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas, and Thomas Allen conducted by Sylvain Cambreling (1996)

Deatailed indexing of scenes/roles

Detailed indexing at movement/scene level allows precise search and retrieval, including ability to browse by role to find performances of key roles in major operas.

Easily find and compare all scenes featuring the role of Radames, Captain of the Guards from Aida

Powerful teaching resources

Our collections include a playlist functionality to enable educators to create, annotate and share thematic playlists of recordings to support their teaching needs.

Combine all materials relevant to study in a single playlist

Our customers actively use playlists to support teaching

Key Features of Opera in Video

  • Subtitles: text searchable in up to 5 languages and can be downloaded for ease of access (where available)
  • Mobile Access: stream to your mobile device / smartphone
  • Transcripts: Available by the end of 2012!  Searchable, scrolling transcripts for select videos with English translations of key vocal works to enhance navigation and access*.
  • Index: video thumbnails provide a visual table of contents for scanning hours of video in seconds
  • Advanced Search: additional options include role, genre, instrument, time period, venue, date of recording and language
  • Liner Notes: available where possible
  • Custom Video Clips: Users can create, annotate and share clips from all video tracks.
  • Custom Playlists: create, annotate and share playlists, including ability to embed in 3rd party websites.
  • Permanent URLs: all videos, clips and playlists can be cited on permanent URLs.
  • Cross-search: video can be cross-searched alongside our related audio, video, scores and reference material to provide a powerful tool for music research.

*transcripts typically available within 6-8 weeks of title going live