The combination of musical score, text, masterfully trained voices, staging -sometimes minimal sets, often dramatic scenery to match the story, all combine to bring Opera to life and present to the audience, an experience like no other.
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Books and similar items, like DVDs, are assigned a class number based on their subjects. This forms the first part of the shelf number, also called a call number. All items assigned a shelf number that falls within the alpha-numeric ranges found below will match the identified subjects.
M = Music
M1495 - M 2199: Vocal music
M 1495: Collections
M 1497 - M 1998: Secular vocal music
M 1497: Collections
M 1500 - M1527.8: Dramatic music
M 1528 - M 1529.5: Two or more solo voices
M 1530 - M 1609: Choruses
M 1611 - M 1624.8 One solo voice
M 2000 - M 2007: Dramatic music
M 2010 - M 2017.6: Choral services, etc.
M 2018 - M 2019.5: Two or more solo voices
M 2020 - M 2101.5: Choruses
M 2102 - M 2114.8: One solo voice
ML = Literature on Music
ML 47 - ML 54.8: Librettos. Texts. Scenarios
ML 1400 - ML 3275: In this range find Vocal Music
ML 1700-1751: Literature on opera history, criticism, and companies
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REFERENCE SOURCES ONLINE
Classical Music Reference Library brings together more than 40,000 pages of essential reference materials, spanning the entire history of Western classical music, in a unified online database. Included are the authoritative reference titles Baker's Dictionary of Music, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, and Baker's S
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online is the first comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world's peoples. More than 9,000 pages of material, combined with entries by more than 700 expert contributors from all over the world, make this the most complete body of work focused on world music.
An encyclopedia on all aspects of music history and music-related topics, this is a continuously updated online version of the former historically significant print references:The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, and The Grove Dictionary of American Music. The former can be cross-searched. Separate searches are available for the Oxford Dictionary of Music, and the Oxford Companion of Music. Articles include biographies, bibliographies, composers’ works lists, and illustrations. It includes numerous “tools and resources,” or indexes, for accessing the textual and musical content as well as links to related sites, sound archives, illustrations.
Classical Music in Video will contain 1,000 hours of classical music performances and masterclasses captured on video—approximately 1,500 performances in all. The collection will contain performances of all forms of classical music, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, plus chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances, along with masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.
Streaming audio of classical music recordings from over 45 labels with searching available by composer, performer, instrument, genre, historical period, or label. Liner notes also searchable. Provides personal playlist and clip-making options. Offers selected downloads for free and for purchase. Includes themed playlists and listening designed to accompany the major music history and appreciation textbooks.
Archive of full-text scholarly journal articles in a broad range of academic disciplines.
Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature from 1952 to present. Formerly The Music Index Online provided by Harmonie Park Press, this database contains cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts of articles about music, musicians, and the music industry for more than 475 periodicals, as well as book reviews, obituaries, bulletins, newsletters and selective coverage for more than 230 periodicals. Coverage includes both the classical and popular worlds of music.(from the webpage)
From Alexander Press
From Alexander Press, A subscription based resource, Opera in Video contains five hundred hours of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon. (from the website)
Music Online: Classical Scores Library is a series of three volumes and contains the most important classical music scores, manuscripts, and previously unpublished material, allowing for the study and analysis of more than 45,000 musical scores. Classical Scores Library, Volumes I, II and III serve as an integral resource for music students and faculty, encompassing all major classical musical genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, appreciation, and theory for a variety of scholars (from website).
Provides streaming audio of music recordings, including over 500,000 tracks and 48,000 CD’s on over 132 record labels. Genres include classical, jazz, folk, and some non-western world music.
NOTABLE OPERA HOUSES
Listed below, in alphabetical order, are Opera House celebrated for their architecture as much as for their companies.
NOTE: Numbers refer to corresponding online articles (at bottom). Articles include photos and descriptions of the Opera Houses
Bass Performance Hall
Fort Worth, TX USA
Civic Opera House
Copenhagen Opera House
Copenhagen, Denmark 3
English National Opera: London Coliseum
Gran Teatro del Liceu
Guanzhou, China 5/21
St. Petersburg, Russia
Oslo Opera House
Palau de laes Arts Reina Sofia
Prague National Theatre
Prague, Czech Rep.
Bucharest, Romania 4
Royal Swedish Opera
Stockholm, Sweden 5/17
Salle Favart: L'Opera-Comique
Paris, France Sydney
Polermo, Italy 5/13
Teatro De la Zarzuela
Madrid, Spain Teatro Real Madrid, Spain
Teatro Regio di Parma
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie
War Memorial Opera House
San Francsisco, USA
1. Most Famous and Beautiful Opera Houses in the World / by Valentina Romano. The Golden Scope
2. 10 Most Remarkable Opera Houses in the World / Touropia
3. The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World / Flavorwire
4. The Stunning Grandeur if the World's Great Opera Houses / by David Rosenberg. Slate Magazine online
5. World's 20 Amazing Opera Houses / Fodor's Travel
OPERA COMPANY WEBSITES
New York City Opera (Links to a Wikipedia article about the NYC Opera)
Opera Birmingham (Alabama)
OPERA EDUCATION AND PROMOTION
The National Opera Association seeks to promote a greater appreciation of opera and music theatre, to enhance pedagogy and performing activities, and to increase performance opportunities by supporting projects that improve the scope and quality of opera.
Opera America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field.
An article by Fiaona Maddocks, published in the Guardian Newspaper, Friday 19 August, 2011.
1288 Arias - 177 Operas - 65 Composers - 389 Translations - 1027 Aria Texts - 223 MIDIs
Bachtrack is your guide to the best classical music concerts, opera and dance performances worldwide. Browse for some of the 12,000 upcoming events in our database, look for your favourite composer or performer or read some of the 200 reviews we write each month across the world. Learn about world trends in music and get tips on the opera and ballet stars of tomorrow (website).
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Native pronunciation of the words included in the guide.
45,000 performances, 50,000 artists, 900 opera companies.
Maintained by Stanford University, includes Libretti, source texts, Performance histories, synopses Role Characters and more.
This timeline is specific to Opera development in the U.S.