Opera in Video will contain 250 of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries.
Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. The collection presents an overview of the most commonly studied operas in music history, opera literature, and performance classes. Multiple performances and stagings worldwide of the major operas allow for analysis of stage design, vocal techniques, roles, and musical interpretation across time periods, opera houses, and conductors.
Performances will cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century. Performances currently targeted for Opera in Video include Carmen, with Maria Ewing conducted by Zubin Mehta (1991); Billy Budd, with Thomas Allen and Richard Langridge conducted by David Atherton (1988); Julius Caesar, with Janet Baker, Sarah Walker, and Valerie Masterson conducted by Charles Mackerras (1984); L’Africaine, with Placido Domingo, Shirley Verrett, and Ruth Ann Swenson conducted by Maurizio Arena (1988); La Bohème, with Mirella Freni, Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov conducted by Tiziano Severini (1988); Capriccio, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Simon Keenlyside, and Victor Braun conducted by Donald Runnicles (1993); Orlando Furioso, with Marilyn Horne, Susan Patterson, and Sandra Walker conducted by Randall Behr (1989); Aida, with Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti, and Nicolai Ghiaurov conducted by Lorin Maazel (1985); The Rake’s Progress, with Kiri Te Kanawa, Felicity Lott, Frederica von Stade, Ileana Cotrubas, and Thomas Allen conducted by Sylvain Cambreling (1996); plus many more.
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