were the sources of opera libretti. All downloads listed here are available free of charge.
On opera and singing...
By David Littlejohn, University of California Press, 1992
By Ellen Rosand, University of California Press, 1991
By Luisa Tetrazzini and Enrico Caruso, first published 1909
By Lilli Lehmann, in English translation by Richard Aldrich, 1902
By D. A. Clippinger, 1917
By George T. Ferris, 1879
By George T. Ferris, 1881
A Guide to the Opera with Musical Examples from the Score
By Lawrwnce Gilman, 1907
Being Historical and Critical Observations And Records Concerning the Lyric Drama in New York from Its Earliest Days Down to The Present Time
By Henry Edward Krehbiel, Third edition, first published 1911
By Richard Wagner, 1852 (in English Translation by William Ashton Ellis, 1893)
By Friedrich Kerst (translated by Henry Edward Krehbiel) 1905
By Rupert Hughes, 1903
By Gustav Kobbé, 1919 Edition
A Book of Operas: Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music
By Henry Edward Krehbiel, 1909 Edition
By Leo Melitz (Translated by Richard Salinger), 1921 Edition
By Arthur Hervey, 1903 Edition
Edited by Ralph P. Locke and Cyrilla Barr, University of California Press, 1997
By Lawrence Kramer, University of California Press, 1990
From story to libretto...
Novel by Henri Murger, 1847-49 (in English translation, Vizetelly & Co., 1888)
The source of both Puccini's and Leoncavallo's La Bohème.
Novella by John Luther Long, Grosset & Dunlap, 1903.
The source of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.
Novella by Prosper Mérimée, 1845 (in English translation by Mary Lloyd, 1902)
The source of Bizet's Carmen.
La Dame Aux Camelias (Camille)
Novel by Alexandre Dumas fils, 1848 (in English translation, translator and date unknown)
The source of Verdi's La Traviata.
Short story by Giovanni Verga from his work Vita dei campi, 1880. (in the original Italian)
The source of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana.
Poem by Sir Walter Scott, 1810.
The source of Rossini's La Donna del Lago.
Novel by Sir Walter Scott, 1819.
The source of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Short story by Alexander Pushkin, 1834 (in English translation).
The source of Tchaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama (Pique Dame,The Queen of Spades).
Novel by David Belasco,1911 (Belasco based this novel on his original play which he wrote in 1905).
The source of Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
Play by Frederich von Schiller, 1786 (in English translation by R. Dillon. Boylan).
The source of Verdi's Don Carlos (Don Carlo).
Play by Frederich von Schiller, 1804 (in English translation by Theodore Martin).
The source of Rossini's Guillaume Tell.
Novel by Herman Melville, written in 1891 but not published until 1924.
The source of Britten's Billy Budd.
Novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774 (in English translation by R. Dillon Boylan).
The source of Massenet's Werther.
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