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Opera

Last Updated: 11-Feb-2014

Sources for conducting research on opera.

Subject Librarians

Ray Heigemeir
Public Services Librarian for Music
(650) 384-9985

Subjects

Printed opera music

Search in SearchWorks for individual operas and excerpts by title and composer name. Choose format "scores".

Browse the stacks:

M 1500 Complete works
M 1503 Complete works, with piano accompaniment
M 1505 Excerpts
M 1507 Excerpt collections, with piano accompaniment
M 1508 Excerpts from individual works, with piano accompaniment
M 1611-1612 Aria collectiions

New opera score arrivals

Request "in process" items via SearchWorks.

  1. Domenico Fischetti ; edited by Thomas J. Martino. 2014

    Music Library » Scores » (No call number)

  2. Leonardo Vinci ; edited by Thomas J. Martino. 2014

    Music Library » Scores » (No call number)

  3. Georges Bizet ; libretto by H. Meilhac and L. Halevy based on the novella by Prosper Merimee ; edited by Richard Langham Smith ; editorial assistant: Clair Rowden ; translation by David Parry. 2014

    Music Library » Scores » (No call number)

  4. Juan Hidalgo ; with text by Pedro Calderón de la Barca ; edited by Louise K. Stein. 2014

    Music Library » Stacks » (No call number)

  5. [libertto di] Pietro Metastasio ; [musica di] Johann Adolf Hasse ; edizione del libretto a cura di Reinhard Strohm e Francesca Menchelli-Buttini ; saggi introduttivi di Reinhard Strohm e Francesca Menchelli-Buttini. 2014

    Music Library » Stacks » (No call number)

Sound and video recordings

A strength of the Music Library's media collections are recorded opera performances. Several thousand CDs and over one thousand DVDs are available onsite; additional older formats (audio cassette, LP, VHS, Laserdisc) may be paged from off-site storage. Resources are greatly enhanced by the Archive of Recorded Sound.

See also our streaming media databases for access to audio and video recordings.

Notable CD collections include:

[London]: EMI Classics, ℗2007.
Music Library » Recordings » MCD 16035 BOOKLET
Germany : EMI Classics, p2009.
Music Library » Recordings » MCD 19282
Earlier volumes also available.

Books and articles

Read the article on Opera in Grove Music Online stanford only

Find in the Reference Room:

 
 
 
Browse the stacks
ML 1700 General histories; also by country and time period
ML 3858 Philosophy and aesthetics
MT 95-100 Analysis and appreciation
MT 955 Production and direction

 

See a list of opera periodicals here.

Librettos

Opera librettos are published separately or in collections. You may also find them contained in the booklets accompanying opera recordings.

Browse the stacks:

ML 48 Collections, multiple composers (or authors)
ML 49 Collections, single composer
ML 50 Single works, alphabetical by composer
ML 2110 Books about libretto writing, translating, etc.

 

Antiquarian publications:

Venetian opera libretti 
1286 libretti on 41 microfilm reels. A printed guide is in the Reference Room.

Terence Rees Collection of Opera Librettos 
Green Library, Department of Special Collections (M1173).

The Music Library also holds a number of late 18th- and early 19th-century librettos published primarily in France and England.

Special opera collections

Most of these special collections are located in the Archive of Recorded Sound.

Mario Ancona

The Mario Ancona Collection includes photographs, memorabilia, sound recordings, and more related to Ancona's career.

Richard Bonelli

The Bonelli Collection includes letters, programs, scores, scrapbooks, recordings, posters, and news clippings.

Ruth and Mario Chamlee in Manon

Tenor Mario Chamlee sang at the leading opera houses in the United States and abroad. His wife Ruth was a soprano and noted singing teacher.

Richard Crooks as Pinkerton

Richard Crooks was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Ted Fagan

This is the personal collection of Theodore Fagan, United Nations translator, author, and music collector.

Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was known as the premier Wagnerian soprano of her time.

Lehmann  as the Marshallin

Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann's performances.

Donald Pippin, Artistic Director of Pocket Opera

The Donald Pippin Collection consists primarily of Pippin's English translations of opera librettos available as pdf files.

Blanche Thebom as Laura, in La Gioconda

The Blanche Thebom Collection consists of scores, correspondence, publicity, production notes, and media from the mezzo-soprano's post-Met career as teacher and director.

James Schwabacher

The James Schwabacher Collection consists of sound recordings, correspondence, scores, scrapbooks, clippings, programs, teaching material and other papers from San Francisco philanthropist and lyric tenor James Schwabacher.

Detail from Lind's vocal exercise book used at the Royal Conservatory.

The collection includes correspondence (1835-1897), financial papers, musical compositions, and other papers.

Opera resources on the web

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