UCI Libraries has TONS of resources to help you watch, listen to, and read about operas from all over the world and from many different historical periods. This guide introduces some of the more important and popular electronic resources to get you started in this class. Be sure to explore around, particularly in the video database Medici.tv!
If you are on campus then all you'll need to do is click on one of these links and enjoy. If you're off campus then you'll need to use VPN to authenticate that you're a UCI student before you can use our electronic resources. More information is available here: https://www.lib.uci.edu/connect
Feel free to reach out directly to me if you have any problems or want some help finding music resources.
Scott Stone, Research Librarian for Performing Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is THE RESOURCE to find facts about Western art music like opera. Like many dictionaries/encyclopedias, you can find articles on people, places, and things related to music. Following are several pages from New Grove that will specifically help you find information for this class:
The Oxford Dictionary of Music is a good place to define basic music terms that you might not be familiar with already.
UCI Libraries offers several resources to stream videos of opera performances.
UCI Libraries offers several resources to stream recordings of opera performances.
The library has thousands of music scores, all of which are located on the 4th floor of Langson Library. All music scores have a call number that starts with the letter "M." All full opera scores (i.e., the score shows the music for all instruments and voices) start with M1500... All reduced opera scores (i.e., all voice parts are shown, but the accompanying instruments are "reduced" so that a single piano can play the music) start with M1503...
Use Library Search to find scores for specific operas.
Most libraries, including UCI, don't have many digital scores. One resource you can use to find legal scores online is IMSLP. It includes hundreds of thousands of scores in the public domain (which means that the music generally was composed before 1923).