Music Online: Classical Scores Library contains more than 53,000 works of music by over 4,600 composers from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. All works can be printed for free and include public domain works as well as works currently under copyright.
You can use the LC call numbers below to browse the shelves for opera scores. Within each call number works are arranged alphabetically by composer, then by title.
M1500 Full scores
M1503 Piano-vocal scores
M1505 Excerpts with original accompaniment
M1506 Excerpts with arranged accompaniment (orchestra or other ensemble)
M1507-M1508 Excerpts with arranged accompaniment (keyboard)
To search by call number in InfoKat Discovery, follow these steps:
Use the following subject headings to search for opera scores:
Operas 17th century
Operas 18th century
Operas 19th century
Operas 20th century
Operas 21st century
Operas 2-piano scores
Operas Piano scores
Follow the steps above when using the Browse search. To use the advanced search and include a composer's name, follow these steps:
Scores and librettos from the collections of the Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, der Staats- und Landesbibliothek Dresden, der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek, und dem Thüringischen Landesmusikarchiv make up the 500 manuscripts of the Opera in Italy and Germany between 1770 and 1830 project.
The Internet Culturale portal, developed by Italy's Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Acrtivities (MiBAC), provides access to collections in Italy's state libraries, public institutions, and cultural institutions.
International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP) contains thousands of scores and recordings. The site operates under Canadian copyright laws.
Searching for scores at the Internet Archive may require some filtering of your results (all those choices on the left-hand side of the screen), but the Archive contains over 2,000 scores of opera, opera selections, and opera arrangements.