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Music Research Guide: Opera

This online guide is developed specifically for those doing research in music. It provides a recommended list of resources which encompasses print materials, electronic databases, and selected Web resources.

Selected Web Links

Library Information

To find books and materials in the Marshall University Libraries on this topic, log on to the library catalog. Then select Subject from the dropdown tab. Enter any of the following terms to find materials on opera:

  • Opera

  • Operetta

  • Dramatic music

  • Liturgical drama


After the search terms have been entered, qualifiers may be selected to filter by format, language, location, etc.

To browse in the stacks, the following classification numbers can be used as a guide to locating materials on opera:

  • M 1500 to M 1527.8 = Dramatic music (including musicals) (Music Library)

  • ML 47 to ML ML 50.9 = Librettos of operas and musicals (Drinko)

  • ML 1700 to ML 2050 = Books about opera and dramatic music (Drinko)

  • MT 955 to MT 960 = Production of operas and musicals (Drinko)