Opera is the only guide to the research writings on all aspects of opera. This second edition presents 2,833 titles--over 2,000 more than the first edition--of books, parts of books, articles and dissertations with full bibliographic descriptions and critical annotations. Users will find the core literature on the operas of 320 individual composers and details of operatic life in 43 countries. All relevant works through to November 1999 have been considered, covering more than fifteen years of literature since the first edition was published.
I find this an absolutely essential research tool. The best proof I can give is that I have room for exactly three books on opera in the tiny book shelf on my PC work-station, and that this is one of them. -Tom Kaufman, The Opera Quarterly, summer 2002 This effort surpasses the first edition in content, quality, and design. -Choice An essential reference tool for all academic libraries as well as public libraries. - Choice _ [e]xtremely useful annotated bibliography....[Marco] deserves thanks for the enormous amount of research expended on [this] project. - Opera Quarterly