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Resources for Opera Studies

Please keep in mind that this list of resources is not comprehensive; it is intended to be a helpful starting point for your research, particularly highlighting resources which are available via the libraries of Texas State University.

Scores

When browsing the Music Library’s stacks for operatic music scores ("sheet music"), see these areas:

  •  M 1500 (operas: full score)  
  •  M 1503 (operas: vocal score)
  •  M 1507 (aria / song collections)

Reference Sources for Opera

Annals of Opera (1978: Rowman & Littlefield)
ML 102 .O6 L6 1978 (Music Library Reference)

Guide to the Aria Repertoire (2007: Indiana U)
ML 128 .O4 C53 2007 (Music Library Reference)

Guide to Operatic Duets (1994: Pst)
ML 128 .O4 B55 1994 (Music Library Reference)

Guide to Operatic Roles & Arias (1994: Pst)
ML 128 .O4 B56 1994 (Music Library Reference)

Historical Dictionary of Opera (2013: Scarecrow)
ML 102 .O6 B28 2013 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

International Dictionary of Opera (1993: St. James Press)
ML 102 .O6 I6 1993 v.1-2 (Music Library Reference)

The New Grove Book of Operas (1996: Grove)
ML 102 .O6 N48 1996 (Music Library Reference)

The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992: Grove)
ML 102 .O6 N5 1992 v.1-4 (Music Library Reference)

Opera: A Research and Information Guide, 2nd ed. (2015: Routledge)
ML 128 .O4 M28 2015 (Music Library Reference)

The Opera Manual (2014: Scarecrow)
ML 102 .O6 M35 2014 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

Operas in English: A Dictionary, revised ed. (2013: Scarecrow)
ML 102 .O6 G74 2013 v.1-2 (Music Library Reference)
also available online

Operas in German: A Dictionary, revised ed. (2018: Rowman & Littlefield)
ML 102 .O6 G75 2018 v.1-2 (Music Library Reference)

Operas in One Act: A Production Guide (1997: Scarecrow)
MT 955 .S86 1997 (Music Library Reference)

Oxford Dictionary of Opera Characters (2010: Oxford U)
ML 102 .O6 K46 2010 (Music Library Reference)

The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (2004: MUZE UK)
ML 102 .J3 V57 2004 (Music Library Reference)