External links to complete books on opera and singing as well as literary works which
were the sources of opera libretti. All downloads listed here are available free of charge.

On opera and singing...

The Ultimate Art: Essays around and about Opera
By David Littlejohn, University of California Press, 1992

Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Genre
By Ellen Rosand, University of California Press, 1991

The Art of Singing
By Luisa Tetrazzini and Enrico Caruso, first published 1909

How to Sing (Meine Gesangskunst)  NEW
By Lilli Lehmann, in English translation by Richard Aldrich, 1902

The Head Voice and Other Problems: Practical Talks on Singing NEW
By D. A. Clippinger, 1917

Great Singers, First Series - Faustina Bordoni To Henrietta Sontag NEW
By  George T. Ferris, 1879

Great Singers, Second Series - Maria Malibran To Theresa Tietjens NEW
By  George T. Ferris, 1881

Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande:  NEW
A Guide to the Opera with Musical Examples from the Score
By Lawrwnce Gilman, 1907

Chapters of Opera:
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

Opera and Drama
By Richard Wagner, 1852 (in English Translation by William Ashton Ellis, 1893)

Mozart: The Man and the Artist, as Revealed in his own Words
By Friedrich Kerst (translated by Henry Edward Krehbiel) 1905

The Love Affairs of Great Musicians Volume 1 and Volume 2
By Rupert Hughes, 1903

The Complete Opera Book 
By Gustav Kobbé, 1919 Edition

A Book of Operas: Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music
By Henry Edward Krehbiel, 1909 Edition

The Opera Goer's Complete Guide 
By Leo Melitz (Translated by Richard Salinger), 1921 Edition

French Music in the XIXth Century
By Arthur Hervey, 1903 Edition

Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists since 1860 NEW
Edited by Ralph P. Locke and Cyrilla Barr, University of California Press, 1997

Music as Cultural Practice, 1800 - 1900 NEW
By Lawrence Kramer, University of California Press, 1990

From story to libretto...

Scènes de la Vie Bohème 
Novel by Henri Murger, 1847-49 (in English translation, Vizetelly & Co., 1888)
The source of both Puccini's and Leoncavallo's La Bohème.

Madame Butterfly
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.

Cavalleria rusticana
Short story by Giovanni Verga from his work Vita dei campi, 1880. (in the original Italian)
The source of Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana.

The Lady of the Lake
Poem by Sir Walter Scott, 1810.
The source of Rossini's La Donna del Lago.

The Bride of Lammermoor
Novel by Sir Walter Scott, 1819.
The source of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

The Queen of Spades
Short story by Alexander Pushkin, 1834 (in English translation).
The source of  Tchaikovsky's Pikovaya Dama (Pique Dame,The Queen of Spades).

The Girl of the Golden West
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.

Don Carlos
Play by Frederich von Schiller, 1786 (in English translation by R. Dillon. Boylan).
The source of Verdi's Don Carlos (Don Carlo).

William Tell
Play by Frederich von Schiller, 1804 (in English translation by Theodore Martin).
The source of Rossini's Guillaume Tell.

Billy Budd
Novel by Herman Melville, written in 1891 but not published until 1924.
The source of Britten's Billy Budd.

The Sorrows of Young Werther
Novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1774 (in English translation by R. Dillon Boylan).
The source of Massenet's Werther.


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