Updated regularly until completion. Scheduled to contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.
Performances will cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century.
Specially developed controlled vocabularies let users browse by composer, genre, performer, ensemble, time period, and role.
Users may also make isolated clips from the videos and save them in a free account available for registration set up within the database.
The following system requirements are common to all platforms and browsers:
- Audio enabled: computers require soundcard and speakers/headphones
- Internet connection, with at least 400 kbps bandwidth
- Firewalls are required to have port 1935, 443 or 80 open
Additional information on basic system requirements for both PC and Mac platforms is availabe on the site.
Search all of our Alexander Street Press video collections at once using the Academic Video Online cross-search tool.