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Guide to the Merrill Opera Video Collection ARS.0034
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Merrill Opera Video Collection
    Dates: 1946-1994
    Collection number: ARS.0034
    Collection size: 6 boxes : 221 videocassettes (199 VHS ; 22 Betamax)
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Abstract: Unpublished opera productions on videocassette, from the collection of Greg Merrill Fe de Montreve.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 assistance.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Merrill Opera Video Collection, ARS-0034. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    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    Unpublished opera productions on videocassette, from the collection of aficionado Greg Merrill Fe de Montreve.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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