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Opera & Operetta: A Guide to Research and Resources: Introduction & Contents

Locate online and print resources, including key databases, catalogs, and websites about Opera.

This subject guide under construction from August 2022-


This guide serves as a basic starting point to find key resources for studying, researching, and performing Opera at Princeton.

Studying musical theater or taking voice lessons? See our Musical Theater Libguide and Vocal Music Libguide.

Finding Opera Resources in the Library

Most books about opera and related subjects are located in the Mendel Music Library within the call number range M1500-M1503 and ML1700-1706 on the second floor.

Opera Call Numbers (Library of Congress Classification)

M1500: Opera (full scores)

M1503: Operas (vocal scores with piano reduction)

M1505: Operas (song selections, full scores)

M1506-1507: Operas (song selections, arranged)

M1508: Operettas, Musicals, and Musical Revues (excerpts)

M1509: Operatic scenes

ML48: Librettos (collections, two or more composers or authors)

ML49: Librettos (collections, one composer or author)

ML50: Librettos (separate works)

ML1700: Opera (books about opera)

ML1702-1706: Books about secular vocal music (esp. opera) by time period

ML1800-1900: Opera History and Criticism

ML3918.O64: Political and Social Aspects of Opera

Mendel Music Librarian

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Darwin Scott
Arthur Mendel Music Library
The Woolworth Center of Musical Studies
Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08544-1007
609 258-4251

Guide Author

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Sara Hagenbuch