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Reference books on opera, dance and theatre available at the British Library

The reference books listed here are a representative sample of material available on the open shelves of the Rare Books & Music Reading Room.

Bourne, JoyceWho's who in opera : a guide to opera characters (Oxford, 1999).
Forbes, Fred R.Dance: an annotated bibliography 1965-1982 (New York, London, 1986).
Ganzl, KurtThe British musical theatre (Basingstoke, 1986). 2 vols.
Hartnoll, PhyllisThe Oxford companion of the theatre (3rd ed., London, 1975).
Highfill, Philip H., Burnim, Kalman A., Langhans, Edward A.A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians, dancers, managers & other stage personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Carbondale, 1973-93). 16 vols.
Kobbé, GustaveKobbé's complete opera book (9th ed., London, 1976).
Lamb, Andrew150 years of popular musical theatre (New Haven, 2001).
Lancelot, FrancineLa Belle Dance: catalogue raisonné (Paris, 1996).
Lubbock, MarkThe complete book of light opera (London, 1962).
Marco, Guy A.Opera: a research and information guide, 2nd ed. (New York, London, 2001).
Peterson, Bernard L.Profiles of African American stage performers and theatre people, 1816-1960 (Westport, Conn., 2001).
Pirrotta, N. & Povoledo, E.Music and theatre from Poliziano to Monteverdi (Cambridge, 1982).
Riemann, HugoOpern-Handbuch: Repertorium der dramatisch-musikalischen Litteratur (Leipzig, 1887).
Robinson, DorisMusic and dance periodicals: an international directory and guidebook (Vorheesville, N.Y., 1989).
Rosenthal, H. & Warrack, J.Concise Oxford dictionary of opera (2nd ed., Oxford, 1980).
Sadie, Stanley (ed.)The new Grove dictionary of opera (London, 1992). 4 vols.
Sartori, ClaudioI libretti italiani a stampa dalle origini al 1800: catalogo analitico (Cuneo, 1990-94). 7 vols.
Sonneck, OscarCatalogue of opera librettos printed before 1800 (Washington, 1914). 2 vols.
Wilson, G. B. L.A dictionary of ballet (3rd ed., London, 1974).


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