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Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater

How to research the history, performance, and criticism of western opera (e.g., opera buffa, opera seria), operetta, and musicals.

Libretto Collections

Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater libretti are available by individual work or composer.

Browsing the Library Shelves for Libretti

Check call numbers ML 47 through ML 54.8, which are located on the second floor of the Music Library. The Reference Collection (first floor) also has libretti.

Browsing the Library Catalog for Libretti

In the catalog, use Subject Headings, Title, or Author (lastname, firstname) to browse libretti. The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings that can guide your libretti searches. (For a full list follow the link above.)

Subject Headings
Librettos
Operas--Librettos
Musicals--Librettos

Score Collections

Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater scores are available by individual work, composer or compilation (excerpts).

Browsing the Library Shelves for Scores

Check call numbers ML 1500 through ML 1508, which are located on the second floor of the Music Library. Specifically:

Call Number Subject Headings
M 1500 Full Scores--Operas and Musicals
M 1503 Vocal/Piano Scores--Operas and Musicals
M 1505 Vocal Selections--Operas
M 1508 Operettas and Musical Revues

Browsing the Library Catalog for Scores

In the catalog, use Subject Headings, Title, or Author (lastname, firstname) to browse scores. The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings that can guide your libretti searches. (For a full list follow the link above.)

Subject Headings
Operas--Scores
Revues--Scores
Musicals--Scores

Archive of Popular American Music

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The Archive of American Popular Music (APAM) is part of the UCLA Library Digital Collections. It features sheet music of the 20th-century, including hits from popular musicals and operas.