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Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of May 2011

Opera Filmography - part one

Titles available on DVD and streaming video as of May 2011. 

Most streaming videos listed are available exclusively to AU students, staff and faculty after an online authentications by AUID#.

This is a selective list of video holdings in the American University Library – including the Music Library located in the Katzen Center. Filmographies are created by doing multiple keyword searches in the ALADIN catalog to capture as many titles on a topic as possible. For complete up-to-date holdings (including VHS tapes) please refer to the library ALADIN catalog (


Admeto re di Tessaglia, HWV 22. 2006. Streaming video.;758489

The adventures of Pinocchio. 2009. "Opera North's enchanting staging of The adventures of Pinocchio, Jonathan Dove's 21st opera, is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears."--Original container. Streaming video.;592274

L'Africaine. 1988. Streaming video.;388968

Aïda an opera in four acts. 2004. Set in ancient Egypt, this opera tells of the love of Radames, the captain of the guard for a slave girl, Aïda. She is the daughter of the King of Ethiopia who is captured by Radames and the Egyptian troops. Tricked into betraying military secrets, Radames is condemned to be buried alive. He is joined by Aïda who dies with him. Streaming video.;592271

Aida. 1988. Streaming video.;377286

Aïda. 2008. Staged production of Verdi's Aida in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved. Streaming video.;578756

Aïda opera in four acts. 2006. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House in Brussels, dramatic staging brings to life the conflict between individual aspiration, tradition, and duty. Streaming video.;592016

Amahl and the night visitors. 2007. A disabled shepherd boy and his mother are visited by three men on their way to see the birth of Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Streaming video.;754717

Andrea Chenier. 1958. A tale of love, espionage and death set immediately before and during the French Revolution. Streaming video.;593979

Aria. 1999. 1 videodisc (88 min.): sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. Ten of the world's best-known film makers were given a free hand to make a short-film version of an operatic aria without necessarily following the aria's story line (for example, Rigoletto interpreted as a sex farce). The result is a succession of segments representing a variety of film-making styles. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 94

Ariodante. 1996. Streaming video.;385842

Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 2005. Streaming video.;580998

Il barbiere di Siviglia. 1992. Streaming video.;386443

Benjamin Britten's A midsummer night's dream. 2004. 1 videodisc (156 min.). Glyndebourne's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream is pure magic. Starring James Bowman, Ileana Cotrubas, Curt Appelgren, with music by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 93

Billy Budd. 1988. Streaming video.;388964

La bohème. 2006. Streaming video.;578396

Les Boréades "tragédie en musique" en five acts. 2004. Streaming video.;578376

Leonard Bernstein's Candide a comic operetta in two acts. 2005. 1 videodisc (116 min.). Leonard Bernstein's brilliant comic operetta is based on the classic Voltaire tale of an innocent young man's journey through a life filled with colorful characters and unexpected life lessons. AU: LIB Media Services HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 1382

Capriccio. 1993. Streaming video.;388960

Carmen. 2008. Streaming video.;578545

Carmen. 1991. Streaming video.;388099

Carmen. 2003. Streaming video.;592122

Carmen. 2005. 1 videodisc (152 min.). The first-ever release of Carlos Kleiber's famed Carmen on DVD! This 1978 performance features the wonder staging of Franco Zeffirelli and stars the young, lyrical Placido Domingo as Don Jose and Elena Obraztsova as a perfectly natural Carmen. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 118

Castor & Pollux. 2008. "Castor et Pollux is arguably Rameau's finest creation in the tragedie lyrique style. Its libretto, based in mythology, focuses on an unusual theme: the self- sacrificing love between Castor, who is mortal, and his immortal brother, Pollux."-- Original container. Streaming video.;593347

Cavalleria rusticana. 2004. 1 videodisc (80 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 73

Cavalleria rusticana melodramma in one act. 2007. Streaming video.;593349

La Cenerentola dramma giocoso in due atti. 2007. Streaming video.;561024

Cecilia Bartoli live in Italy. 1998. 1 videodisc (110 min.). Cecilia Bartoli returns to her native Italy for an evening of exquisite music at the historic Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 23

La cenerentola. 2006. Streaming video.;581017

La cenerentola Cinderella. 1996. 1 videodisc (164 min.). Gioachino Rossini's operatic version of the folk tale Cinderella. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 24

La cenerentola melodramma giocoso in two acts. 1988. Streaming video.;387041

The charm of La Bohe`me. 2005. Scenes from Pucinin's La Boheme are woven together into a story about the singers who stage the opera. Streaming video.;581022

La Clemenza di Tito. 1991. Streaming video.;399427

La Clemenza di Tito. 1987. Streaming video.;399128

La clemenza di Tito. 2006. Streaming video.;592285

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. 2007. Streaming video.;578543

Les contes d'Hoffmann. 2007. Streaming video.;578466

Così fan tutte. 1984. Streaming video.;388950

Così fan tutte dramma giocosa in two acts. 2008. A production of Mozart's comic opera set in a 1960's youth hostel. Streaming video.;592116

"Cosi fan tutte," excerpts from Act I. 2007. Streaming video.;573032

The cunning little vixen. 1995. Streaming video.;388966

Da Ponte operas Cosí fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni. 2008. Streaming video.;592144

Dialogues des Carmélites. 2007. Streaming video.;555373

Doctor Atomic. 2008. Streaming video.;593266

Don Carlo opera in four acts. 2005. Streaming video.;581032

Don Giovanni. 2005. Streaming video.;577983

Don Giovanni. 2006. Streaming video.;577883

Don Giovanni. 2009. Streaming video.;577885

Don Pasquale. 2007. 1 videodisc (130 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 84

Don Pasquale dramma buffo in tre atti. 2007. Streaming video.;557914

L'elisir d'amore. 1946. Streaming video.;581264

L'elisir d'amore. 1954. Streaming video.;592011

L'elisir d'amore Oper in zwei Akten. 2006. 1 videodisc (130 min.). A comic opera about a young man who drinks a "magic" potion to make the girl he desires fall in love with him. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 83

Die 3 groschenoper The 3 penny opera. 2007. 2 videodiscs (110 min.). "Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The threepenny opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With a palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The threepenny opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema." -- container. AU: LIB Media Services HOME USE COLLECTION DVD; 3125

Die entführung aus dem serail. 1990. Streaming video.;385838

Die Entführung aus dem Serail Singspiel in three acts, K. 384. 2009. Streaming video.;592276

An evening with Joan Sutherland & Luciano Pavarotti. 2008. 1 videodisc (115 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 81

The fairy queen. 1995. Streaming video.;385840

Falstaff. 2007. Streaming video.;552984

Fidelio. 2009. Streaming video.;384536

The fiery angel. 2004. Streaming video.;385844

La fille du régiment. 2008. Streaming video.;592137

La finta giardiniera. 1988. Streaming video.;399129

La fille du régiment a comic opera in two acts. 2008. 1 videodisc (132 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 95

Die fledermaus. 1990. Streaming video.;388938

Die Fledermaus Operette in drei Akten. 2005. 1 videodisc (169 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 71

The first emperor. 2008. 2 videodiscs (177 min.). The first emperor is an epic story of love, power and betrayal. The story centers on the Emperor Qin, the first emperor of China, a controversial and brutal ruler best known for unifying the country, building the Great Wall, and creating a vast army of terra cotta soldiers to guard his tomb. AU: Music Library Katzen DVD MUSIC LIBRARY DVD; 128

La gazza ladra. 1987. Streaming video.;388946

La gazzetta. 2006. The story of Lisetta, and of her father's attempts to find a husband for her through an ad in the newspaper La gazzetta. Streaming video.;578758

The gift of the Magi. 1997. Streaming video.;388948

Giulio Cesare. 1984. Streaming video.;388270

Giulio Cesare opera in three acts. 2006. AU Streaming video. A tale of love and power set in the Middle East. Centers around Cleopatra's manipulation of Caesar and Ptolemy. Streaming video.;593352

Gloriana. 2006. (147 min.) Streaming video.;385839

Götterdämmerung. 2002. 2 videodiscs (281 min.). In this final segment of the "Ring cycle," Wagner brings the double tragedy of Wotan and Siegfried full circle. Brunnhilde declares that Wotan is all-powerful and everlasting. With helmet and gleaming armour, she rides through the air leading a resurrected Siegfried by the hand. Siegfried is reconciled with Wotan, and society is cured of its ills. AU: Music Library Katzen DVD MUSIC LIBRARY DVD; 132

Götterdämmerung. 2005. 1 Streaming video .(121 min.) Streaming video.;592142

Hèansel und Gretel. 2008. 1 Streaming video (98 min.) Streaming video.;555687

Ice and steel opera in four acts. 2008. 1 Streaming video. (96 min.)  Streaming video.;565175

The impresario. 2007. 1 Streaming video. (27 min.) Streaming video.;400119

L'incoronazione di Poppea dramma in musica in un prologo e tre atti. 2005. 1 Streaming video (219 min.) .Streaming video.;578539

Les Indes galantes. 2005. 1 Streaming video (244 min.). Exuberant production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1735 opera presenting four exotic love stories. Streaming video.;592278

Jen*ufa. 2007. 1 Streaming video (127 min.). Streaming video.;553687

Khovanshchina. 2008. 1 Streaming video (192 min.). Streaming video.;578477

King Priam. 2008. 1 Streaming video (138 min.). Streaming video.;388954

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk opera in four acts. 2006. 1 Streaming video (236 min.). Streaming video.;592289

Ein Lied geht um die Welt My song goes 'round the world. 1994. 1 Streaming video (80 min.). Streaming video.;593985

Lohengrin. 2009. 1 Streaming video (279 min.). With powerful conviction, Nikolaus Lehnhoff interprets this dramatic struggle of masculine and feminine, revenge and compassion. Streaming video.;578754

The love for three oranges. 2006. 1 Streaming video (144 min.). AU streaming video. Remote access restricted to American University authorized users.;578412

Luisa Fernanda zarzuela in three acts. 2007. "This production, made by Emilio Sagi for the Teatro Real, Madrid, was based on his earlier staging for a concert performance of Luisa Fernanda at La Scala, Milan and was recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid". AU Streaming video . Remote access restricted to American University authorized users.;581027

Macbeth. 2005. 1 Streaming video (92 min.). Streaming video.;581257

Macbeth. 2006. 1 Streaming video (159 min.). Streaming video.;553465

Macbeth. 1987. 1 Streaming video (149 min.). Streaming video.;388970

Madama Butterfly. 1986. 1 Streaming video (142 min.). Streaming video.;388098

Madama Butterfly. 2009. 1 videodisc (144 min.). MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 124

Madama Butterfly Japanese tragedy in three parts. 2005. 1 Streaming video 9196 min.). Streaming video.;578406

Madama Butterfly Japanese tragedy in three parts. 2005. 2 videodiscs (169 min.). Robert Wilson's pure and highly stylised 2003 production enhances the timeless beauty of Puccini's moving Japanese tragedy. MUSIC LIBRARY DVD 122

Manon Lescaut. 2008. 1 Streaming video (143 min.). AU Streaming library. Remote access restricted to American University authorized users.;557191

Marco Polo opera within an opera. 2009. 1 Streaming video (156 min.). In 'Marco Polo, an opera within an opera', composer Tan Dun portrays the Venetian explorer's travels to the Far East as a journey of both inner and physical discovery, a voyage depicting spiritual experiences as well as a geographical expedition. At the same time the work, on a libretto by Paul Griffiths, can be seen as a compositional adventure of the composer himself, unifying the various cultural worlds he occupies: a blend of Western avant garde and Oriental traditions. Streaming video.;592281

Marin Faliero. 2006. 1 videodisc (159 min.). Chronicling the unsuccessful uprising mounted by the 14th-century Venetian doge, this rarely staged tragic opera is given a splendid production at the Teatro Regio di Parma. AU: LIB Media Services HOME USE COLLECTION DVD 2518