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Singers' Resources

Reference Sources

Popular Music & Jazz

Hischak, Thomas S.  The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia.  2002.

MUSICMEDIA REF ML102 .P66 H57 2002

Lax, Roger, and Frederick Smith.  The Great Song Thesaurus. 2d ed. 1989.

Oxford Music Online provides access to the Encyclopedia of Popular Music as well as to Grove Music Online, which covers jazz and popular music and includes the content of the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz.


The Popular Music Research Guide lists additional reference works.


Opera and Musical Theater

Top Picks

Grove Music Online includes the content of The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (print version:  MUSICMEDIA REF ML102 .O6 1992)


Peattie, Anthony, and the Earl of Harewood. The New Kobbé’s Opera Book. 11th ed. 1997.

A standard one-volume reference work.

Gänzl, Kurt. The Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre. 2nd ed. 3 vols. 2001.


Other Important Works

Loewenberg, Alfred. Annals of Opera, 1597-1940. 3d ed. 1978.

MM-REF ML102 .O6 L6 1978

A listing of operas by date of first performance, for the period 1597 through 1940, with details about the premiere and subsequent performances.


Lynch, Richard Chigley.  Musicals?:  A Complete Selection Guide for Local Productions.  2nd ed. 1994.

MM-REF ML19 .L9 1994


Norton, Richard C. A Chronology of American Musical Theater. 3 vols. 2002.

GENERAL MM-REF ML1711.8 .N3 N67 2002
Chronological listing of performances, with information on the creators, original cast, and a list of every song in the show.  Index of songs, selected index of persons.


Parsons, Charles H., and Edwin Mellen Press. The Mellen Opera Reference Index. 1986—.

GENERAL MM-REF ML102 .O6 P55 1986

v. 1-4. Opera composers and their works -- v. 5-6. Opera librettists and their works -- v. 7-8. Opera premieres : a geographical index -- v. 9. Opera subjects -- v. 10-12. Opera discography -- v. 13-14. Opera premieres : an index of casts -- v. 15-16. Opera premieres : an index of casts, performers -- v. 17-18. An opera bibliography -- v. 19. Opera premiere reviews and re-assessments : a listing (2 v.) -- v. 20. An opera videography -- v. 21. Printed opera scores in American libraries (3 v.) -- v. 22. Recent international opera discography (4 v.) -- v. 23. Recent international opera discography. Performers (3 v.) -- v. 24-26. Recent international opera discography:  2003–2007 updates (in 3 vols.).

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