Opera Resources

When you want to know more…

Did you enjoy our opera class and want to learn more? Or did you sign up for our trip to Glimmerglass Opera to see Porgy and Bess and want to know more about opera before the performance?

“All About Opera” class, instructor Jennifer Cowgill from Marywood University suggested resources for anyone wishing to find out more about opera.  The following sources should be helpful:



The Great Operas  (This site involves a fee.)


Opera for Dummies by David Poque and Scott Speck

A Night at the Opera: An Irreverent Guide to the Plots, the Singers, the Composers, the Recordings   by Sir Denis Forman

The New Kobbe’s Opera Book by C.W. Kobbe and the Earl of Harewood

The Dictionary of the Opera  by Charles Osborne

Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera by Fred Plotkin


Listen to Jean Stark, vice-president of Glimmerglass Board of Trustees in Cooperstown, N.Y., talks about a bus trip to Glimmerglass Opera on July 18 for a matinee of Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.