About Opera on Video

Opera on Video gives the opera lover and opera fan a searchable database of all full operas recorded on video as well as concerts, documentaries, interviews and movies related to opera, composers and singers. Opera on Video provides LINKS to videos published elsewhere in the Internet – if available.
It also provides links to online shops of DVDs, BDs as well as to paid streaming services of these videos.

Opera on Video aims to include all operas which have been filmed, broadcast, streamed or been published on BD, DVD, VHS.
Only professional or semi-professional recordings, stagings, concerts and movies are included.
Opera on Video is entirely free and does not require any registration. It is a non-commercial endeavor with an idealistic objective of promoting opera to the general public. It is entirely privately funded.
You can view at least an excerpt of any recording and you get extensive information about the performance such as composer, conductor, singers,, venue, date –
Information where to purchase the full recording (if available) is provided.
You, the opera lover can rate, comment and discuss any recording with other opera lovers and you can find the recording you are looking for by searching for certain operas, singers, composers and more.

Opera on Video is a private, non-commercial initiative.
Publishing and editing is performed in Zurich, Switzerland. The web server is located in the USA.


Opera on Video is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,,, and other Amazon stores worldwide.

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Privacy, Policies & Copyright

Privacy Statement

Opera on Video website does not record any information about visitors.
If you subscribe to the newsletter, Opera on Video records your name and email address.
This information is never given to a third party or sold.
Opera on Video is committed to protecting your privacy.

Opera on Video does not use cookies other than a unique ID tracking cookie for website traffic monitoring.
Third party vendors, such as Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to this website or other websites.
You can opt out of  individual third-party vendors’ uses of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting

Use of Materials
You may not reproduce, copy, or redistribute the design or layout of the Opera on Video web site, individual elements of the web site design, or Opera on Video logos without the express written permission of Opera on Video. Permission is never granted to use elements (images, articles, descriptions, etc.) of Opera on Video to build another web site for any purpose private or public, commercial or non-commercial.

Use, reproduction, copying, or redistribution of Opera on Video logos, except as used to provide a link to the Opera on Video home page (, is strictly prohibited without written permission from Opera on Video.

Warranties and Limitation of Liability
Information and documents provided on this web site are provided “as is” without any warranty. Opera on Video uses reasonable efforts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this web site; it does not, however, make any representations as to its accuracy or completeness. Your use of this web site is at your own risk. Opera on Video and the other parties involved in creating and delivering this web site’s contents are not liable for any damages arising from use of this site.

Links to External Sites
The Opera on Video web site contains links to external, third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of Opera on Video, and Opera on Video is not responsible for the contents of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. Opera on Video is providing these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link does not imply endorsement of the linked site or its products or services by Opera on Video.

Please do not reproduce any material from this website unless you have obtained permission from us to do so. Our content includes video, images and other media to illustrate the information in the website. Bitrates of video files are low and files are included for viewing. It is not our intention to infringe on any copyrighted material. Please see the fair use section below.
For videos which we link to (that is the vast majority) the copyright is with the rights owner of these videos.

All files, be it videos, graphics, photos, text or audio files, are displayed on Opera on Video according to what is considered fair use. When fair use is made of copyrighted material without obtaining permission, the issue is: what is “fair use?”

The United States Copyright law of 1976 [17 USC § 107] says: “Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A [17 USC sects 106, 106A], the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phono records or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

(1) the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes;
(2) the nature of the copyrighted work;
(3) the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
(4) the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.”

In compliance with the above regulations, the usage at Opera on Video of a video file excerpt(s), photos, text or graphics are strictly for non-profit educational purposes and intended to inform, illustrate and convey sound and visual perception with respect to the text information provided.

If you believe there is a case of infringement, please contact us.

Opera on Video is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,,, and other Amazon stores worldwide.
As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

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Affiliation & ADVERTISING

Opera Lovers all over the world visit Opera on Video to view their favorite operas, get information about operas, find where to purchase videos, discuss operas and opera recordings.

Would you like to reach out to those opera fans?

We offer you several ways of doing this:

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  • Link to your website
    We list your website(s) under Links
  • Referral of intent to purchase 
    When a user pushes the red button “Get this recording” he will be referred to your website’s page for the recording. This is also for streaming websites.
  • Promotional Videos
    We can show your promotional video as a preview for your opera recording

Please contact us at for more information.

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Comment (26)

  1. What a wonderful discovery I made when I found this website. Thank you for opening my eyes to operas.

  2. I agree with Jorgen. I just found your website and I am sure I will be passing hours and hours…. Thanks for the work and the initiative

  3. I still don’t understand the limits of “Fair Use.” For example, a movie like “Io, Don Giovanni” has a copyright under its director, Carlos Saura, and its production company. It’s stated clearly on the DVD that no one can distribute its content, not even in a website like this one since the only way for an audience to see it is by paying for it to be rented or bought via Netflix, Amazon, etc. As a filmmaker, I find it dubious that Amazon might give permission. This is why complete films are taken down from Youtube. It’s infringement of copyright.

    1. You are absolutely right about complete movies. Opera on Video does not publish any complete movies. It only links to videos published by someone else elsewhere. The “Fair Use” is only claimed for the few excerpts it publishes on its website itself.
      As you say the copyright owner can and will remove videos on other websites such as YouTube.
      When this occurs the link on Opera on Video will disappear too.

  4. Hi, let me make a suggestion:
    Would be great you can realise a search about “subtiteled” and “language”.
    Also a search – filter to video-resolution could be helpful

  5. Hello, I would like to know how the copyrights of performing artists in individual opera productions are handled. I was approached by two singers who perform in a production published on this site and were not informed about this fact. Please provide information about the site operator I can contact in this matter. Well thank you.

    1. OperaonVideo is a catalogue and database of recorded opera performance.
      It documents these performances and links to videos published by others somewhere on the Internet.
      We do not publish videos ourselves.
      If there is a question about copyright of a video, then the publisher of this video should be contacted.
      If you let me know specifically which performances you are referring to, I will be glad to assist you to point you in the right direction.

  6. i sent you two comments about LA VIE PARISIENNE (excellent) and Lausanne’s IM WEISSEN ROESSL (horrible) – why? E’ assolutamente giusto combattere queste rappresentazioni che offendono i lavori come creati dai loro autori – questo CAVALLINO BIANCO di Lausanne ne è un esempio volgarissimo. Mi dite qualcosa?

  7. May i contact the persons who created this site? I wonder why my opinions about L’AUBERGE DU CHEVAL BLANC à Lausanne et Tourcoing appeared, disappeared and then appeared again, but now it seems gone forever. I expressed a very negative remark on the mise-en-scène de Lausanne, but a very positive for Tourcoing. I have been rather maladroit expressing my thought, but nowadays the theatres go on proposing so strange things that the original works ‘disappear’ – as my opinions! I fight against them, so let me have my opinionz again on the site – a site I do appreciate so much! Thanks.

  8. I WAS SAD believing you did not approve my comments. Approve – well, you may even thinking somehting totally different from my point of view, but it is good to see in your splendid OperaOnVideo site our various ideas. So, Thanks from the depths of my heart and a HAPPY NEW YEAR full of your marvellous offers!!!
    Grazie mille, Ernesto

  9. Great site which saves me a lot of effort. You may want to consider establishing a subscription to view operas without the annoying adds rather than begging for donations (like YouTube did).

  10. Hi, may I know if I can use one of the recorded opera concert videos for a 30secs TV advertisement. Please advise copyright. Thanks.

    1. You have to contact the copyright holder of the video you want to use.
      Opera on Video only links to videos and has no rights for the videos

  11. Hello
    I am looking for concert with Claire soprano that perfomed with Ensemble La fenice
    with program called entre ciel et Terre
    also I am looking for Peer Gynt Salle Pleyel
    with Paavo Jarvi conductor
    Arnaud Denis, récitant

  12. Cher ami,
    Je viens à vous ce jour, sous ma casquette de Responsable Éditorial de notre site-projet wagnérien “Le Musée VirtuelRichard Wagner”, car, bien que j’admire toujours un peu plus le travail dantesque que vous réalisez infatigablement pour développer et enrichir votre magnifique plateforme,
    nous n’avons, je crois jamais eu l’occasion d’échanger …
    … alors que nos projets disctincts – mus par une même passion “contagieuse” – ont, et ce n’est pas un maint sujet, ceci de commun : l’amour de l’opéra et la mise à disposition de cet Art pour le plus grand nombre. Même si “tardives”, félcitations donc à vous !
    Mon message est, je doisl’avouer qqpeu intéressé : chaque anée j’écris, je réalise, contruit quelques uns de nos “Portraits wagnériensé” destinés à notre série pour le web : “Une Voix pour Richard Wagner”:
    Cette année, bien que m’étant mis à la tâche un peu tard – croulant sous X dossiers – j’ai décidé de mettre en ligne le “Portrait” de la soprano Elisabeth Teige (pour coincider avec sa prise de rôle dans l’Imparétrice de FROSH au Capitole de Toulouse la semaine prochaine). Idée en soi louable mais catastrophe ; aucune captation – même de courts extraits – de ses débuts wagnériens jusuqu’à nos jours ne sont trouvables en ligne….
    En tant que Grand Spécialiste de tout ce que l’on peut dénichersur le net en matière d’opéra : auriez vous à tout hasard qq part repéré la présence des “témoignages” d’interprétations auxquels je serais étranger ?
    Une bouteille àlamer ; si jamais vous connaissez une “chacje” où je pourrais même ne reprendre que 4 mesures de “Dich teure Halle” : vous me sauveriez !
    Je vous souhaite une excellente fin de week-end,
    Vous adresse tous mes voeux de réussite et de parachèvement de votre projet,
    Dans cette attente,
    Nicolas CRAPANNE
    pour Le Musée Virtuel Richard Wagner,

    PS : ce mail vous a été envoyé par doublon sur Messager (par précaution….)

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