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: Dec 5, 2013
photo credit: "Final Götterdämmerung Curtain Call" by Jonathan Caves, Creative Commons license
LC Call Numbers for Opera Browsing
||Full score of operas
||Piano-vocal scores of operas
||Opera excerpts (full scores)
||Opera excerpts (piano-vocal scores)
||Literature on opera history, criticism, and companies
||Opera and gender, opera and cinema
||Opera aesthetics and philosophy
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
- 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."
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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The Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives are located on the third floor of Jerome Library. Check our hours on the University Libraries' site.
This guide was created by Morgan Rich, former Music Library Student and Circulation Supervisor.