Just because opera is hundreds of years old doesn’t mean that your access to it is just like it was back then.
There’s this thing called the Internet now. And it has made accessing opera easier than ever before. With one problem. The Internet is huge and google will give you about 47,300,000 results in 0.48 seconds. But that’s a ton of information to sift through to find what you need.
But it doesn’t have to be that way any longer! Whether you’re an opera lover looking for more information or a singer looking to break into the industry the internet is your best chance to find what you need. So we’ve put together a list of the best opera tools on the internet so that instead of having to click through result pages you can get what you need when you need it.
(P.S. Before you read any further you should know that opera is a web browser. Most of those 47,300,000 search results you get are going to be about it!)
Operabase is database chalk full of everything you could ever want to know about opera. It offers information on operas from 20+ countries. After you choose the country you need to know about you’ll have information on everything from what’s about to open all the way to statistics from the over 25,000 opera performances every year.
Operabase is the opera resource for all of Europe. It is available in 22 languages and has information on 40,000 artists, 700 opera companies, and 400 artistic managers. Plus, it is the resources that the biggest opera houses in the world use. It’s been reported that the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala use Operabase’s professional section to research singers and find replacements in emergency situations. Operabase was made by a opera lover for opera lovers!
The Opera Schedule Server gives you access to over 200 opera companies on 5 continents. Need to see the schedule of the Opera Omaha? Schedule Server has it for you. Need the schedule for the New National Theater in Tokyo? Schedule Server has that too.
The Opera Schedule Server is not an incredible effort by one person or a company. Instead it gets its information from people who live near the opera’s it reports on. That means your information comes from people on the ground instead of from the depths of the internet. While the Opera Schedule Server simply links you to the opera’s posted schedule on their website it is much easier to find the opera you’re interested from their list instead of using a search engine.
Are you or do you know a young person who is trying to study opera abroad? If you said yes then you need to visit the Opera Foundation. Also known as the American Berlin Opera Foundation. The opera foundation provides scholarships and grants to American singers between the 18 and 30 years old so that they can travel abroad and study opera.
The Opera Foundation has been in service since 1986 and is expanding the number of scholarships and grants it awards. In 1986 there was only one scholarship program with Deutsche Oper Berlin but not the Opera foundation also has scholarships programs with Teatro Regio Torino and Bayerische Staatsoper. Many of the scholarship winners have gone on to have successful careers in opera.
The Classical Singer’s Association is a Southern California based group that organizes classes and events for its members. Completely supported by members and volunteers, the CSA is 100% devoted to helping singers learn more about their craft.
Singers from all over the world join the CSA because of its connections in the industry and the information and classes that members are given access to. The classes, lectures, and seminars are often held by internationally respected singers, conductors and stage directors as well as laryngologists and language specialists. One of the most popular events the CSA holds is practice audition sessions where professionals from the industry listen and give feedback to the singers. But the CSA also give information on resumes and audition tapes as well. It is the ultimate resource for classical singers!
Stage Agent is the database for any theatre performer. Not only will you find a list of auditions but you’ll also find show guides and monologues organized so that you can be ready for your audition. Plus, they provide information on songs from popular and small musicals alike as well as resume templates. And if that’s not enough then they also offer discounts to shows.
Check out stage agent and see what opportunities are near you!
What’ resources would you suggest for opera lovers and performers? Our list is just a snapshot of what’s out there. Let us know what you use and share this list with your friends!