Library and Information Services, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Monday, 20 April 2015

Need Help with Opera Libretto Pronunciation?

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland singers make heavy use of IPA Source - it's the International Phonetic Alphabet website for opera pronunciation, available within the Conservatoire. 

It's great for arias, telling you how to pronounce libretti in different languages.  Not
as comprehensive for recitatives, mind you, but the IPA Source team explain that there are other sources for this information:-
"One of the main reasons we decided not to offer this material is that it is already available in book form. Here is what I recommend on the our site:
 " "
The Leyerle series are cited - we have those - and two more useful websites are listed:-

Baroque Libretti   A few early libretti
  Libretti d'opera italiani  Dozens of Italian libretti (no translations)

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