Great Arias: Highlights from the Operatic Stage Video(VHS/DVD). If opera is the crowning achievement of music and drama, the aria—a virtuoso’s showcase for passionate expression—is the jewel in the crown. Gathering outstanding performances from the past two decades, this two-part series is both an exhilarating introduction to opera and a valuable opportunity to see and hear operatic stars in roles for which they are renowned. Each segment is preceded by a concise contextual introduction by the featured soloist or the conductor. 2-part series, 60 minutes each.