FAQ

Which opera recordings are included in Opera on Video?

We include professional and semi-professional stagings, concerts and movies of operas which have been recorded in full-length . Some exceptions are made due to historical and artistic consideration.

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Which opera recordings are excluded?


We exclude amateur and school stagings with piano or modified small orchestration, private fan videos, performances of very poor standard and excerpts of operas . Some exceptions are made due to historical and artistic concideration

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I know of a video which you do not have. How can I ask for inclusion ?

Please send an email to [email protected] and describe the video you are suggesting and where we can find it

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Why should I register with Opera on Video?

As registered user you will have the following benefits:

  • You can add comments to opera videos and thus discusss the video with other users
  • You can save your favorite opera videos in My Favourites
  • You can download a full operas for free
  • You can provide corrections and addition for a video (by clicking the flag below the video image)
  • You will be mailed about the latest opera video recordings available
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How can I download a YouTube video to my computer?

There are several software products available to download YouTube Videos. There are free online services available too which we do not recommend because of spamming and other risks.

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Which opera videos are viewable at full length at no cost and how can a find these?

In the search query you can add the term “fullopera” to find videos of the whole opera. A search for “otello verdi fullopera” will give you all fully viewable recordings of Verdi’s Otello.

Keep in mind that the full opera can be sometimes viewed only with the red button further down on the page. The video on top could be an excerpt!

Complete opera recordings on YouTube are sometimes split into several parts. In such cases we link to the first part. You have to look in YouTube for the other parts: Search YouTube with the same YouTube title excluding part or act.

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Help for SEARCH

We have improved the search: Search is now for full words and exact match. When using several search terms ALL these have to be found in order to give a result (AND condition).

You can now add the term “fullopera” to find videos viewable at full length at no cost. A search for “otello verdi fullopera” will give you all full length viewable videos of Verdi’s Otello.

When you search for an opera you should use two search words for a better result otherwise for example searching for “Otello” will give you hits on both Rossini and Verdi. Search for “Otello Verdi” instead.

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Why are so many operas NOT AVAILABLE?

Available videos can be purchased or streamed. For Not Available operas no proper legal source is known at present. There may be pirated copies available.
We do not refer to pirated opera videos.

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How do I report errors and/or additional information?

Please send an email to [email protected] and describe the error or the additional information. Please include a link to the page of the video

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How do you set the video and audio quality?

This is very subjective but we use the following guideline:
5- Blue Ray Quality
4- Streaming, broadcast and DVD with excellent quality
3- older DVD quality, broadcast with medium quality
2-Poor Quality
1-Almost unbearable

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Are the video excerpts of the same quality as the full video?

Not necessarily. It depends on the source of the excerpt. It could be of lesser quality.

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The YouTube video you are referring to contains only Act I

Complete opera recordings on YouTube  are sometimes split into several parts. In such cases we link to the first part. You have to look in YouTube  for the other parts: Search YouTube with the same title excluding part or act. The same is true for other sources such as web.tv

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The YouTube video you are displaying is only a short clip although it should be a complete opera/concert

The clip is probably part of a YouTube playlist. The only way to see this is that the URL  contains list= . At the end of the first video of the list play will continue automatically with the second video and so on.

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