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.

Opera, Operetta and Musical Theater


At the OperaCassatt, M. (1880). At the opera. Retrieved from the  Art history visual resources collection in the 
UCLA Library Digital Collections.

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Library Call Numbers for Browsing Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater Scores and Sheet Music

Call Number


M 47 Opera Librettos
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 
M 1509 Operatic Scenes

Library Subject Headings for Browsing Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theater Books and eBooks

The following is a non-exhaustive list of subject headings* that you can use to guide your research in opera, operetta and musicals. 

Subject Headings

Opera in Popular Music
Women in Operetta
Musical Films

*What is a subject heading: A subject heading is a term or phrase used in the UCLA Library catalog to classify like items.

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