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Singers' and Choral Directors' Bible: Operas

Resources for the classical singer, including how to find repertoire, translations, pronunciations, and pedagogical works. Choral music resources also are included.

General Information

  • GT 500-GT 2370   Costuming
  • M 1500   Operas & musicals, full scores
  • M 1503   Operas & musicals, piano-vocal scores
  • M 1507   Operas & musicals, excerpts, piano-vocal scores of 2+ works
  • M 1508   Operas & musicals, excerpts, piano-vocal scores of separate works
  • ML 50   Libretti (operas and musicals)
  • ML 102 .O6   Dictionaries, encyclopedias (most of these are "reference")
  • ML 128 .O4   Opera bibliographies
  • ML 410   Composer biographies
  • ML 420   Singer biographies
  • ML1950   Dramatic secular vocal music, history & criticism  
  • MT 955   Musical theater (operas, musical comedies, etc.) - production, direction, costume, scenery, etc.
  • MT 956   Musical theater (operas, musical comedies, etc.) - performing

Opera Verdi Europa's "Macbeth"

Useful Databases & Websites

Career Info

Selected Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Opera Aria Translations & Interpretive Info

Also, check out several volumes of OPERA LIBRETTI with International Phonetic Alphabet transcriptions, word for word translations, and a guide to the I.P.A. by Nico CASTEL in the REF ML 48 and REF ML 49 areas!

Opera & Voice-Related Periodicals in the Irwin Library (Current)

  • Gramophone (for record reviews)
    v. 57- (1979-)  Current issues are online; Look up using
    "Journals A-Z" from the BU Libraries' Homepage
  • Journal of Singing (previously NATS Bulletin)
    v. 1- (1944-)
  • Medical Problems of Performing Artists
    v. 1- (1986-)
  • Opera
    v. 1- (1950-)
  • Opera News
    v. 1- (1936-)

The Vienna Opera

Useful LC Subject Headings

  • Arias
  • Music--Competitions--Directories
  • Music--[CENTURY]--History and criticism
  • Music--[COUNTRY]--History and criticism
  • Opera--Dictionaries
  • Opera--Dramaturgy
  • Opera--France--19th Century
  • Opera--Juvenile--Production and direction
  • Opera companies--Auditions
  • Opera companies--Directories
  • Opera--Vocational guidance--Directories
  • Operas--Bibliography
  • Operas--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Operas--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano--Instructive editions
  • Operas--Instruction and study
  • Operas--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
  • Operas--Stories, plots, etc.
  • Sex in opera
  • Singing--Auditions
  • Singing--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
  • Sopranos (Singers)
  • Vocal duets with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Women in opera



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