Opera in video

As this blog occasionally talks about opera, it has to be said that it talks about opera in video, which of course is not the same as live in the theater, but it is just a different way of delivering the opera genre to the masses.

Operas in video discs (DVD and BluRay)  are widely available.  Live performances are also offered in movie theaters by several of the top opera houses, like the Metropolitan Opera of New York, and the Royal Opera of London.


Several large opera houses offer also high quality video of their performances on line, usually by paid subscription.

(Follow me in Twitter @DomingoMC to get occasional notices of free available opera video productions.)

Opera Vision

A very good and free outlet for opera in the Internet is Opera Vision.  Please note that their excellent offerings  are made available for a limited number of months after their live performances.

Website: https://operavision.eu/


A very comprehensive collection of high-quality video music concerts, opera, and ballet; it also has documentaries and a very valuable section of master classes by well-known musicians. It requires that you register with a valid e-mail address. At no charge, you can watch master classes, and a few concerts and operas that are transmitted live and then stay in replay for a few months.  (Access to the full catalog requires a monthly or an annual paid subscription.)

Website: https://www.medici.tv/

France TV

France TV video repository has a large selection of operas and classical concerts; free access.

Website: https://www.france.tv/spectacles-et-culture/opera-et-musique-classique/

Commercial and other on-line services

There is a limited but good supply of operas in on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Youtube also has a large number of operas, but the quality is very uneven.

Domingo Martínez Castilla
Twitter: @DomingoMC

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