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Music: Find Vocal Texts

Online Text Translations

Diction Police LogoDiction Police is a resource for lyric diction, containing phonetic transcriptions (IPA) of songs and arias, translations, text readings by native speakers, and in-depth video tutorials.

Online Text Translations

IPA Source Logo

IPA Source is an online library subscription database for IPA transcriptions and word-by-word translations of vocal texts. 

Word-by-Word Translation & IPA

Don't see the song or aria you need in Diction Police or IPA Source? Take a look in the Bird Library reference section by browsing the PDF below.

Libretti, Lyrics and Scripts at SU Library

The SU Libraries has many books with song lyrics by various pop and folk artists, as well as a collection of opera libretti and musical scripts. 

Search the library catalog:

Opera libretti & Musical scripts

  • search for the title of the opera or musical and the subject keyword "librettos"
  • or, browse class ML50 by composer, or browse ML49 for collections
  • Musicals & operas are both considered stage shows and are alphabetized together

Song lyrics

  • search for the composer or artist name and the subject keyword "texts"
  • Browse class ML54.6 for some collections

Choral Text Translation

Translations and Annotations of Choral Repertoiretranslated and annotated by Gordon Paine

Art Song & Aria Texts -- Free on the Web