I am looking to teach my students a short (2-3 day) overview of the history of Opera. I'd like to show them quick snippets of operas from the various eras.
I don't have money (or school budget) to buy a lot of videos, especially since I'll only be showing a minute or two from each. I'd like to either download clips or buy one or two "compilation" or videos.
Is anyone aware of:
-Any downloadable video clips from opera productions (preferably free/public domain, but I would pay a reasonable amount per clip)
-A good "History of Opera" documentary or compilation that includes clips from Renaissance to contemporary opera (or as near as possible).
This is just a short overview unit for a high school orchestra class, so it should not be long, drawn-out, or excessively detailed.
P.S. I would also be interested in a "history of instrumental music" documentary to supplement a unit I have already begun.