The Betrayal of Utube – Weekly Video #1.5

So, irritatingly, the video I posted a few days ago has been TAKEN OFF UTUBE!!! I’ve noticed this happening to quite a few nice complete operas on Utube and I think this probably means that the broadcasters are snapping them up for copyright reasons. Cue the scouting around to try and find another Figaro of the same quality that I enjoyed as much. The best I could find ( and it is good) is from the Met in 1999. It stars Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel. Once you get over the shock of a relatively young-looking Terfel and Cecilia’s hideous dresses, it is actually very good (although I still preferred the other one).

And because I am so wonderful, here are the links to all parts of it, in order:

Act 1

Part 1     Part 2      Part 3     Part 4

Act 2

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6

Act 3

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5

Act 4

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5

Which one do you prefer, this one or the previous one?

UPDATE ~~~ Just going on to Utube again this morning to discover some bad news: it’s not just full operas that are being taken off the internet. The wonderful coloraturafan has uploaded this video asking for help with copyright issues. Apparently someone has snitched on them and so their channel may have to close, taking with it what is definitely one of the best opera collections on Utube. So, if anyone has any idea how to stop this happening, please help (I don’t understand all the copyright rules and so can’t do much more than offer sympathy)!

2 thoughts on “The Betrayal of Utube – Weekly Video #1.5

  1. Dear dolcesuono,

    Years before, I liked and respected opera, but I did not love the art form, until I watched the 1999 Met production of Le Nozze di Figaro. Therefore, this production is very dear to me. It is a shame that the Met has not released the DVD. (I would have been content with a recording on VHS!)
    Unfortunately, it seems that I am years too late to watch the clips that you uploaded. If you managed to get the video from another website, will you please tell me the url? It does not make sense for you to go through the trouble of uploading a video that will be taken down and possibly get in trouble.

    Thank you in advance for considering my request.



  2. Hi Melanie

    The only way I’ve been able to watch this opera recently has been on the Met’s On Demand service. This allows you to watch all recorded videos of performances that they have, for productions that have been broadcast Live in HD and older productions such as this one. They also have a wide range of audio recordings from the Met. You can trial this service once for free for a week, which may be ideal if what you want is just to watch this one opera, or a month is $14 (around £10). This doesn’t allow you to keep the opera permanently but unfortunately its the best solution I can find.

    Hope this helps

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