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Opera   Tags: music, opera, opera_on_film, opera_resources  

This Opera guide provides resources for opera history, reference materials, companies, staging, and analysis. The guide also provides a searchable list of opera DVDs/VHS available in the BGSU ML/SRA.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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    General Information

    photo credit:  "Final Götterdämmerung Curtain Call" by Jonathan Caves, Creative Commons license

    LC Call Numbers for Opera Browsing

    M 1500 Full score of operas
    M 1503 Piano-vocal scores of operas
    M 1505 Opera excerpts (full scores)
    M 1507-8 Opera excerpts (piano-vocal scores)
    ML 50 Libretti
    ML 1700-1751 Literature on opera history, criticism, and companies
    ML 2100 Opera and gender, opera and cinema
    ML3858 Opera aesthetics and philosophy

    Subject Searches

    Try conducting a subject search on the following terms in the online catalog.

    Opera -- 17th Century
    Opera -- 18th Century
    Opera -- 19th Century
    Opera -- 20th Century
    Opera -- Dictionaries
    Opera -- Periodicals
    Opera -- (insert Country Name)


    The Opera Quarterly

    Cambridge Opera Journal

    On the Web

    • A Timeline of American Opera
      More than 150 years of American opera, including premieres and other significant events.
    • The Metropolitan Opera International Radio Broadcast Information Center
      "Find opera synopses, biographies for singers, conductors and composers, production photos, sound clips, background information, and teacher study guides for each opera in our broadcast season."
    • NAXOS Opera Synopses
      Part of Naxos's education page at their commercial site. Synopses not only include plot, but character break-down and a short history. Contains many hard-to-find operas.
    • Online Opera Scores Prototype at Indiana University
      "Information on 475+ composers and 1250+ operas. Our goal is to provide links from each composer and opera to external web pages of interest. You can search by composer's name or opera title."
    • Opera America
      "Opera America serves and strengthens the field of opera by providing a variety of informational, technical, and administrative resources to the greater opera community. Its fundamental mission is to promote opera as exciting and accessible to individuals from all walks of life."
    • OperaGlass
      A resource through Stanford University giving detailed information on many operas.
    • Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database
      "Documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States"..."Traces performance programming from early live presentations on experimental TV stations, to contemporary productions released on broadcast television, various cable forms, and home video."

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    This guide was created by Morgan Rich, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.


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