Opera, Music Theatre

This guide is comprised of resources that relate to the study of opera. In addition to the resources on this guide, reference works about opera can be found in the Music Library reference section in the call number range of ML128. O4. There are also many open stack bound scores and recordings in the library’s catalog. To construct a comprehensive search for these, set the Advanced Search drop down to “in subject” and use the search term musicals or operas. Finally, the Music Library maintains a vintage collection, unbound but boxed and readily browsable, of musicals in piano-vocal scores and opera librettos. For more on libretti see the Music Library’s Lyrics and Libretti guide. Please direct all inquiries to musiclib@bu.edu.



Italian Opera

Editing and publication projects, including full midi files, of previously unpublished or newly-edited music chiefly by Italian composers; includes operas and symphonies as well as other vocal and instrumental forms; site founded and continued by musicologists Anna Trombetta and Luca Bianchini, c1996 – , participants and collaborators invited.

Metropolitan Opera

Click on Met History to obtain access to the MetOpera Database which contains complete statistics for every Metropolitan Opera performance and includes hundreds of photographs and reviews.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

This online repository holds many public domain operas and a handful of musicals. Material can be found by browsing composer or through a genre search.

Public-Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts

Compiled by Lyle Neff, c1995 – ; provides links to texts, reference works, synopses, bibliographies, schedules, and many other opera-related sites.

Televised Opera and Comedy Database

“Developed in association with the Indiana University Digital Library Program , the Televised Opera and Musical Comedy Database documents more than a half-century of opera, operetta, and musical comedy telecasts produced in the United States. The database traces performance programming from early live presentations on experimental TV stations, to contemporary productions released on broadcast television, various cable forms, and home video.”


Many excerpts of operas and musicals can be found on YouTube.


Cambridge opera journal

Donizetti Society journal.

Opera (London, England)

Opera annual (Englewood, N.J.)

The Opera journal.

Opera news

The Opera quarterly