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Vocal Music: Opera

Everything from choral music and opera to finding scores, lyrics, and resources for diction and more.


The following websites provide a variety of resources for opera performers and students.


Search these databases to find helpful resources for the study and performance of opera.

Aria Database

The Aria Database is a collection of information about opera and operatic arias. Besides providing basic information about each aria, the Database includes translations for many arias and aria texts for those that are not affected by copyright restrictions. The Database also provides access to a collection of operatic sound files to give visitors an idea of what each aria sounds like.

Metopera Database

The database provides access to information on the Metropolitan's past performances. New performances are added weekly.

See also general music databases listed here. 

Music Librarian for Reference and Instruction

Suzanne Lovejoy's picture
Suzanne Lovejoy
Music Library, Sterling Memorial Library
Virtual office hours 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays
(203) 432-0497

Journals of Interests

  • Cambridge Opera Journal - older issues available via JSTOR, 1989-2004.   
  • Journal of Voice - current issues available via ScienceDirect, 1995-Present. 
  • Opera Quaterly - online issues available via Project MUSE, 2002-Present.