Scope and Contents
Title: Merrill Opera Video Collection
Collection number: ARS.0034
: 221 videocassettes (199 VHS ; 22 Betamax)
Archive of Recorded Sound
Unpublished opera productions on videocassette, from the collection of Greg Merrill Fe de Montreve.
Language of Material: Multiple languages
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for
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Merrill Opera Video Collection, ARS-0034. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries,
The Merill Opera Video Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by by the estate of Greg Merrill Fe
de Montreve in 2004.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
Unpublished opera productions on videocassette, from the collection of aficionado Greg Merrill Fe de Montreve. Featuring both
live performances and filmed versions, the operas generally fall within the established canon; there are multiple works by
Massenet, Offenbach, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, and Wagner. Several are from the Metropolitan Opera, but there are productions
from around the world, with many familiar names in starring roles. In general, personnel and location are listed on cassettes.
Some performances are in English translation. Few productions are dated precisely, although the majority are from the 1970s
and 80s. Given the printed labels, most tapes were probably bought or traded from dealers, especially those assigned numbers.
The Betamax cassettes all have handwritten labels, which suggest home recording. Titles are transcribed as on the labels.
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