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Opera & Operetta

A guide to resources on opera & operetta, including scores, streaming services, recordings, reviews, and scholarly publications.

Introductions & Contents


This guide will direct you towards resources to watch and listen to, conduct research, study, and perform opera and operetta. It includes sources in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland, as well as digital streaming services, academic publications, and historical documentation of the genre.

Opera Resources in the Library

Opera, operetta, and their attendant materials are largely located in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

Library of Congress Classification Opera Call Numbers

M1500Opera (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 Revuews

M1509: Operatic scenes

M48: Librettos (Collections, 2 or more composers or authors)

M49: Librettos (Collections, 1 composer or author)

M50: Librettos (Separate Works)

ML1700: Opera (books about opera)

ML1702-1706: Books about secular vocal music by time period

Library of Congress Subject Headings for Opera & Operetta

These represent some of the Library of Congress subject headings related to opera, operetta, their study, and performance. They can be used to search to browse library materials with that subjects. You can further refine your search in the catalog (by date, format, genre, language, etc.).




Opera--Production and direction

Opera--Social aspects

Opera--Stage-setting and scenery



Opera companies

Operas--Analysis, appreciation



Operas--Stories, plots, etc.

Operas--Vocal scores with piano


Women in opera