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.
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 consideration
I know of a video which you do not have. How can I ask for inclusion ?
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and describe the video you are suggesting and where we can find it
Can I register with Opera on Video?
We do not provide any registration and login to keep the site simple. All access is free and unlimited. You can subscribe to the Opera on Video Newsletter in the menu item Newsletter
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.
Which videos have subtitles?
This differs depending on the original video. Some have burned-in subtitles, others have subtitles which can be turned on and many have no subtitles at all. If the video is from YouTube you can sometimes use the YouTube generated subtitles. These are often not very good but probably better than nothing.
How can I turn on subtitles with YouTube?
The pre-requisite is that the video is published on YouTube which you can see with the YouTube logo in the lower right corner and that subtitles are enabled which can be seen with the subtitles icon left to the logo. Here is a video showing how to turn on English subtitles
Which opera videos are viewable at full length at no cost and how can a find these?
Videos which are available at full-length without extra cost are prefixed with FULL in the title. In addition you can search for full operas: in the search query add the term “fullopera” to find videos of the whole opera. A search for “otello verdi fullopera” will give you all fully view-able recordings of Verdi’s Otello.
Keep in mind that sometimes full operas can only be viewed with the red button further down on the page. The video on top could be an excerpt!
Help for SEARCH
We have improved the search: Search is now for full words and exact match. When using several search terms ALL of these have to be found in order to give a result (AND condition).
You can now add the term “fullopera” to find videos view-able at full length at no cost. A search for “otello verdi fullopera” will give you all full length view-able 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.
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.
I get the message 'Video not available' (Video nicht verfügbar)
This message is typically from YouTube when a video has been restricted by the publisher from playing in certain countries or regions. You could try another country by using a VPS.
How do I report errors and/or additional information?
Please send an email to email@example.com and describe the error or the additional information. Please include a link to the page of the video
When I try to watch a full opera I get a message 'Not available in your Country'
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
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.
The YouTube video you are referring to contains only Act I
Complete opera recordings on YouTube and other services are sometimes split into several parts. In such cases we link to the first part. Sometimes the video is automatically continued after the first part. If not you have to look in YouTube for the other parts: Search YouTube with the same YouTube title excluding part or act.
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.