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Opera: IPA & Diction

IPA Source

IPA Source is the web's largest library of International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias, art songs, and Latin texts.

Also includes opera libretti, diction help, and sound recordings for pronunciation help.

Call Numbers & Subject Headings

LC call numbers to search or browse

REF ML48--ML49   IPA transcriptions & translations
REF ML54.6   Individual composers
MT883    Pronunciation. Diction
P227       International phonetic alphabet

Subject headings to search or browse

     Phonetic alphabet
     Singing Diction

Quick Searches

     In main search box on homepage type the following exactly as given here: ipa OR "international phonetic alphabet"  Use the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your thousands of results to online, in the library, articls, scores, operas, songs, phonetic alphabet, and more.

     Do a title browse search for Vocal library. Most volumes in this series have IPA transcriptions and come with CD that contain diction lessons.

The "Castel" Books : Opera

The "Castel" Books : Songs & Lieder

In the Library: Books


  • Diction for singers / Joan Wall (2nd ed)
  • International phonetic alphabet for singers / Joan Wall