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General Music Dictionaries & Encyclopedias with Solid Opera Coverage
Oxford Music Online This link opens in a new window
Provides entries on opera history and development, genres, specific operas, composers, librettists, producers, staging, opera houses and more.
General Surveys & Overviews
"Over 1200 arias with selections from more than 60 composers. Includes a database of the characters with a short description, the arias they sing, and the creator of the role (if known). Searchable by name, opera, language, composer, voice type, range, keyword, and whether there is a sound file, translation, or text available. There are also annotated links and a list of opera houses and companies."
Opening Night! Opera & Oratorio Premieres
Cross-index of data for over 38,000 opera and oratorio premieres, hosted by Stanford University Libraries.
Operabase – the reference for opera performances around the world. A database logging operatic activity worldwide since 1996, with over 470,000 performances. Public access includes current, past, and announced future seasons.
Bibliographies, Research Guides & Companions
Oxford Online Bibliographies compile authoritatively selected and annotated citations for key reference works, collected correspondence, biographies, monographs, and articles relating to prominent composers. Research guides provide detailed listings for a composer's known musical and literary works followed by annotated bibliographies of the secondary literature on the composer's œuvre arranged by genre and important topics in the composer's life, career, and reception history—plus other features such as a genealogies, chronologies, and indexes. Companions collate major essays by established experts that address key aspects of the composer's career, creative work, style, and critical reception.