1. About the Database
Opera in Video contains 500 hours 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 cover the full range of operatic composition, from the Baroque to the 20th century. Performances in 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.
Specially developed controlled vocabularies let users browse by composer, genre, performer, ensemble, time period, and role.
Critical Video Editions: The Alexander Street Critical Video Editions Series combines the excitement of video with the uniquely powerful search capabilities our collections are known for. We’ve developed software applications that make use of Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing™ to enable precise searching and finding; easy browsing and moving about; citations down to the second; searchable narration and transcripts; embeddable links; user-created annotations; ways to combine video with other content; and more. These new features and capabilities render video as useful for research and classroom use any scholarly text.
Our Critical Video Editions™ feature:
Advanced features coming soon:
At Alexander Street Press, the following people have been instrumental in the development of the collection:
3. Outside Acknowledgements