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    Default Why no CD soundtracks of Opera DVDs?

    I bought the 1978 Bernstein Fidelio DVD and wanted a CD to also listen in the car, but their CD was a different performance done several weeks later in the studio. It does not have the life that the sound of the DVD has.

    Now I am noticing that there does not appear to ever be a soundtrack of the actual DVD performance for any opera that is out on DVD. Why is that?

    It is a shame because I can watch the DVD several times and pretty much see the opera in my mind as I listen on CD, but it is best if I listen to the actual soundtrack, not a separate performance. At least with the Bernstein Fidelio it is the same singers (all but one) and so much easier to relate the imagery to the CD.

    Side question: I refer to singers above, but is that the appropriate term for an opera performer, or am I demeaning them to merely refer to them as singers?
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    In response to your second question, all of the opera magazines to which I subscribe refers to them as "singers" (or occasionally as "soloists"), so I assume that's the appropriate way to refer to them. I may call Sherrill Milnes my "baritone god," but there are a number of people who wouldn't agree with me. (I call them "infidels." )

    I've come across a very few recordings over the past year or so that were released in both audio and video format, but they are rare. I suspect the recording companies assume that people wouldn't purchase the same recordings in both -- though I'd certainly snag that Fidelio with Nylund and Kaufmann if it were available on CD. My technical skills are pretty much non-existent, so I don't know whether or not it would be possible for you to burn the audio portion of your DVD to a CD, or if it would be legal to do so (even though it would be for your own use).

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    Yet it seems you can buy sound track CDs of Musicals and I assume they also have DVDs available of the same, though I don't really know because I never watched a musical other than Mary Poppins, which was a nice story--hey maybe that should be made into an opera

    It is possible to rip the sound track from a DVD as a friend did that for my 1978 Bernstein Fidelio. I don't know about the legality, but since I also purchased the studio CD of that I figured what matter to them if I listen to the soundtrack instead. I tell ya, the sound track has life in it and small differences of emotional responses that are not present on the studio release. These things only come out in actually acting out the opera.

    But now I have Teresa Berganza as Cinderella on CD and my DVD is Frederica von Stade and it is driving me nuts. Teresa is great, but she is not Frederica. Plus the voices are different so it is harder to associate the imagery with the CD.
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    You just need to get a program that rips the DVD to mp3. One that rips by chapter is the best. I have the Bernstein cd and DVD. I like the performance on the cd better.

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