Leeds University Library

Opera in Practice Reading list

Music in Practice, 2017/18, Semester 1, 2
Dr Bryan White
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General sources on opera studies:

Abbate, Carolyn, and Roger Parker, A history of opera : the last four hundred years (Allen Lane, 2012) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Citron, Marcia J., When opera meets film , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Greenwald, Helen, The Oxford handbook of opera (Oxford, 2014)

Cooke , Mervyn (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Opera , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Print Publication: 2005 Online Publication: September 2011.

Johnson, Victoria, Jane F. Fulcher and Thomas Ertman, Opera and society in Italy and France from Monteverdi to Bourdieu [electronic resource], Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2007.

Lindenberger, Herbert, Opera in history : from Monteverdi to Cage , Stanford: University of California Press, 1998.

McKechnie, Kara, Opera North : historical and dramaturgical perspectives on opera studies , Bingley: Emerald Publishing, 2014.

Till , Nicholas (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Opera Studies Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Top of page


Cooke , Mervyn and Philip Reed, Benjamin Britten: Billy Budd , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Cooke, Mervyn (Ed.), The Cambridge companion to Benjamin Britten , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Melville, Herman, Billy Budd, sailor: and other stories ; edited by A. Robert Lee. London: Everyman, 1993

Top of page


Leong, D. “Humperdinck and Wagner: Metric States,Symmetries, and Systems”, in: Journal of music theory. , 51 (2), 211-243. (2007)

Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/40283129

Isaacs, Lewis Montefiore and Kurt Julian Rahlson, Hansel and Gretel : a guide to Engelbert Humperdinck's opera , 1913

Kravitt, E. “The Joining of Words and Music in Late Romantic Melodrama”, in:  The musical quarterly. 62  (4), (1976), 571-590. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/741557 

Top of page


John, Nicholas, ed., Turandot : Opera Guide (London: Overture Publishing, 2011)

Wilson, Alexandra,  The Puccini problem: opera, nationalism and modernity [electronic resource], Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Top of page


Abraham, Gerald [et al.], The new Grove Russian masters 2 : Rimsky-Korsakov, Skryabin, Rakhmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich

Abraham, Gerald, Studies in Russian music : Rimsky-Korsakov and his contemporaries , London: Faber and Faber, 2011.

Halbe, Greg, ‘Music, Drama and Folklore in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Opera Snegurochka (Snowmaiden)’ (unpublished doctoral thesis, The Ohio State University, 2004). [UMI Microform Number 3160215 © 2005]. - Available online: https://etd.ohiolink.edu/!etd.send_file? accession=osu1095790342&disposition=inline

van Vechten, Carl (Ed.), My musical life / Nikolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov ,

Top of page


John, Nicholas, ed., Cinderella = La Cenerentola : Opera Guide (London: Overture Publishing, 2011)

Osborne, Richard, Rossini , London: Dent, 1986.

Rossini, Giacchino, La Cenerentola [videorecording] = Cinderella = Aschenputtel . Arthaus Musik, 2006.

Senici, Emanuele (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rossini , New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Top of page


Correspondence between Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal / translated by Hanns Hammelmann and Ewald Osers; introduction by Edward Sackville-West.

Gilliam, Bryan, The life of Richard Strauss , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

John, Nicholas, ed., The knight of the rose = Der rosenkavalier : Opera Guide (London: Overture Publishing, 2011).

Kramer, Lawrence, Opera and modern culture : Wagner and Strauss , London: University of California Press, 2007.

Youmans, Charles, The Cambridge companion to Richard Strauss [electronic resource] , New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

This list was last updated on 10/10/2016