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December Newsletter

Dear friends of Opera on Video, We have got many questions from you about videos which you cannot play properly in your browser. Let me try to clarify and explain and to offer some advice. As you may know Opera on Video links to videos hosted elsewhere such as YouTube, Vimeo, ok and others. Thus […]

Die Tote Stadt Munich 2019 – Review

Die Tote Stadt – A great psychothriller – but no city Performance on November 26, 2019 Bayerische Staatsoper Munich This review was also published on OperaGazet Here is a video (excerpt, documentary, interview) about the performance Paul                     Jonas Kaufmann Marietta/Marie    Marlis Petersen Frank/Fritz           Andrzej Filonczyk Brigitta                 Jennifer Johnston Juliette    […]

November Newsletter

In October we added again several hundred of new and historical performances. We offer you now 8500 performances of which over 4500 are full-length. On October 31st we upgraded the operaonvideo.com website to use secure protocol (SSL/https) in order to achieve better operational safety. This should be entirely transparent to you as a user. Should you experience any […]

The great old man of opera returns – Placido Domingo – A review of Nabucco Zürich, October 13, 2019

Nabucco, opera by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. First performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842. Premiere of this production at the Opernhaus Zürich on 23 June 2019. Nabucco: Placido Domingo Ismaele: Otar  Jorjikia Zaccaria: Vitalij Kowaljow Abigaille: Oksana Dyka Fenena: Veronica Simeoni High Priest of Baal: Stanislav Vorobyov Abdallo: Leonardo Sanchez Anna: Ania Jeruc Philharmonia Zürich Chor […]

October Newsletter

We have now published over 8000 videos on Opera on Video As you know we removed registration and login because of the many hacker attacks we had. With this you lost the Favorites feature which allowed you to save a list of your favorite operas and videos. You can of course bookmark the videos with […]

September Newsletter

We added many videos in August. There are now more than 7800 videos available via operaonvideo.com. Over 4300 videos are full-length performances! Opera on Video links to videos which are published elsewhere in the Internet. As you are probably aware videos are published and disappear again on the various websites. To find the ones which […]

Alcina Salzburg August 8, 2019 – A Review

Alcina: Cecilia Bartoli Ruggiero: Philippe Jaroussky Morgana: Sandrine Piau Bradamante: Kristina Hammarström Oronte: Christoph Strehl Melisso: Alastair Miles Obert: Sheen Park (Wiener Sängerknabe) Bachchor Salzburg Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco Stage Director: Damiano Michieletto This staging of Handel’s Alcina was premiered at the 2019 Salzburg Whitsun Festival with the same singers. It was now re-staged for […]

Verdi Nabucco Zürich Opera June 23, 2019 – A Review  

Verdi Nabucco Zürich Opera June 23, 2019 – A Review  – This review was published by Opera Gazet on June 24, 2019. Nabucco, opera by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Temistocle Solera. First performed at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 9 March 1842. Premiere of this production at the Opernhaus Zürich on 23 June 2019. Nabucco: Michael Volle […]

Wiener Staatsoper 150 Years – a personal hommage

The Staatsoper (as it is called in Vienna) has been present in my whole life. Already in the 1940s as a small child I was very much aware of the “Haus am Ring”. I knew the half-ruined building on the Ringstrasse and I was aware that it was going to be rebuilt. In the meantime […]

High-tech Opera Videos

Video has evolved with new and better? techniques in recent years. There is now opera on Blu-ray disc even in 4K resolution. The 3D fad has faded but there are still some three dimensional operas available. You need a TV which supports 3D. AIDA from Verona is a classic performance and 3D adds some new […]

Massenet Manon Zürich Opera April 7, 2019 – A Review

This review was published by Opera Gazet on April 8. 2019 Fotos (Foto: T+T Fotografie Toni Suter) Manon, opéra in five acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost. It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique […]

Operas with a special place in my heart

Sure I love all opera and I love some more than others but there are a few operas which occupy a very special place in my heart. Well, you say how can one choose between great masterworks and prefer one over the other? Is La Traviata better than La Boheme? Do you prefer Otello over […]

Opera Movies – an historical overview

At Opera on Video we distinguish between live performances, opera movies and concert performances. There are hybrids such as semi-staged performances and live performances in a studio. Opera movies are operas filmed in studio and on location to a previously recorded soundtrack. Directors are often quite liberal with music und libretto and cut or add […]

Opera in South-East Asia ??

When opera in Asia is mentioned most think of the numerous glorious performances of visiting companies in Japan starting with del Monaco and Tebaldi. View these here. Or you might think of the many excellent performances in South Korea by very good local artists. View here. And China has many excellent singers too: View videos […]

When opera goes wrong…

I am sure it happened to you too – something went completely wrong during an opera performance. I have experienced myself a few incidents and collected others. Here for you to enjoy: A glitch in the machinery can be fateful – Mefistofele Theatre Antique Orange 2018 The usually so safe and reliant stage machinery goes […]

My most unforgettable experiences in the opera

  You may know that I have been attending live opera performances for almost 70 years now. The number of exceptional performances I have seen is huge. People always ask me to name the most unforgettable extra-ordinary experiences I had over the many years. Well here is a try at my personal list of  my […]

Cecilia Bartoli 30 years on stage at Zurich Opera

  In 1989 a virtually unknown singer made her debut as Cherubino at the Zurich opera with Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting. It was the start of an incredible career for Cecilia Bartoli. I was in the audience 1989 and although her costume was less than ideal her singing was superb. After that a world-wide career started […]
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