Synopses:

Stories of the Operas from The Metropolitan Opera

The Aria Database
Composer and Character Information:

Encyclopedia Britannica - All composers

American National Biography Online - American composers

Oxford Reference Online - All composers
Choose "Performing Arts" then "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Opera" for composers
Choose "Performing Arts" then "Who's Who in Opera" for characters in operas




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