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EDITA GRUBEROVA 1946-2021 in memoriam by Sonia van der Graaf

EDITA GRUBEROVA 1946-2021 Legendary Slovak Soprano, Edita Gruberova was born on December 23, 1946 in Bratislava, then part of Czechoslovakia, and died on October 18, 2021 in Zurich, Switzerland. A brilliant career, she conquered the world in a few years with unforgettable roles. The beginning in life is difficult but that allowed her not to […]

Il Trovatore Zurich October 24, 2021 Beczala Rebeka Kelsey

IL TROVATORE by Giuseppe Verdi Opernhaus Zürich, October 24, 2021 Luna Quinn Kelsey Leonora Marina Rebeka Azucena Agnieszka Rehlis Manrico Piotr Beczała Ferrando Robert Pomakov Ines Bożena Bujnicka Ruiz Omer Kobiljak Conductor Gianandrea Noseda Director Adele Thomas Stage and Costume Design Annemarie Woods Lighting Design Franck Evin Chorus Master Janko Kastelic Choreography Emma Woods This […]

A Wonderful Opera Day in Zurich with Salome and Tosca

A Wonderful Opera Day in Zurich with Salome and Tosca Like all opera houses worldwide Zurich Opera got hit by the pandemic in March 2020. They tried to still have some performance with a reduced audience and they employed some very innovative techniques. The orchestra and chorus were placed in a rehearsal hall some hundred […]

Opera and Animated Movies – an Overview

Opera and Animated Movies – an Overview I already explored the great relationship of opera and movies in several blogs. But there is a very interesting special case: Opera and Animated Movies. It seems that animators are often attracted to opera, opera music and opera stories. There are very few complete operas which have been […]

OPERA and SILENT MOVIES – an overview

Opera and Silent Movies At first it sounds like a contradiction: Opera and silent movies. But actually there is a rich history of opera and silent movies which you probably did not know much about. I will try here to give an overview of this great relationship with many video examples. Silent movies were attracted […]

Placido Domingo at 80 – A personal appreciation

My relationship with Placido Domingo is special: We are almost of the same age. And Placido is the singer which I have seen and heard  in the theater most of all tenors. I became aware of Placido in 1971 when I purchased the LPs with his Don Carlo (Giulini; Caballe, Verrett, Milnes, Raimondi) This tenor […]


By now we all know about the enormous impact the Corona pandemic had on opera. All opera houses were closed and some such as the Met will remain closed until mid 2021. But in these dire times the human species showed great resilience and incredible inventiveness. First new forms of performances started to appear. Opera […]

OPERA in Movies – a blog/list

I am a great opera fan as you know. But I am also very fond of movies and I have collected a lot. Opera and movies have always been associated with each other: There are many and great opera films which I have blogged about earlier in Opera Movies – An Historical Overview   And there […]

Opera Gazet – A great website for opera lovers

OPERA GAZET a website with opera reviews Flamand Olivier is a reviewer for Opera Gazet Here is an example of his reviews: Nabucco, Zürich 2019 Flamand says: *This is not only one of the oldest opera review website in Europe – it is also one of the best. It covers all important and significant new […]

Cecilia Bartoli in Iphighénie en Tauride Zürich February 2nd, 2020 – A Review

Iphigénie en Tauride by C.W.Gluck at the Opernhaus Zürich on February 2nd 2020 Iphigénie: Cecilia Bartoli Oreste, her brother: Stephane Degout Pylade, Oreste’s friend: Frederic Antoun Thoas, King of Tauris: Jean-Francois Lapointe Diane: Birgitte Christensen Femme grecque: Katia Ledoux Orchestra La Scintilla Chor of the Opera Zürich Conductor: Gianluca Capuano Staging: Andreas Homoki On Sunday, […]

La Cenerentola with Cecilia Bartoli in Zürich Dec 31, 2019 – a review

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini Opernhaus Zürich performance of Decemeber 31, 2019 Angelina La Cenerentola Cecilia Bartoli Don Ramiro Javier Camarena Dandini Oliver Widmer Don Magnifico Alessandro Corbelli Tisbe Lileana Nikiteanu Clorinda Martina Jankova Alidoro Stanislav Vorobyov There is no recording of this performance. You can view other recording excerpts with Bartoli here. Or watch […]

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 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 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 […]
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