Sources for conducting research on opera.
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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 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.
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:
New opera CD arrivals
Books and articles
Read the article on Opera in Grove Music Online
Find in the Reference Room:
|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|
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.|
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.