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Syracuse University Libraries

Music Performance and Pedagogy: Voice: Texts & Translations

Library Databases for IPA & Word-by-Word Translation

Diction Police Logo 

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