To catalog arias and create PDFs from Public Domain sources, for the purpose of broadening the opera singer's audition repertoire and seeking out rarely heard pieces.
To create a repository for operatic information, including libretti, scores, and synopses.
Who's in charge?
The Opera Database was started by Lee Steiner in 2013. He is an opera singer based in New York City. He also runs Steiner Music Studios in Washington Heights with his wife, Sandy, and two pups, Charlie and Ruby. More information can be found at his personal site.
Why are many of the Mozart and Handel PDFs full-score?
Because there is a dearth of clean Vocal Score PDFs available for these composers. As more become available, we will update our files.
Can I help?
Sure! Cataloging is a tedious task and there is always work to be done. If you're interested, send us an email at email@example.com
What if I want cleaner copies for auditions?
We make every effort to find the cleanest Public Domain sources available. However, if you find yourself in need of a better score or different edition, we recommend visiting Classical Vocal Reprints or Handel Reductions
The Opera Database operates in the United States of America, and is subject to its copyright restrictions.
All of the scores on this website are, to the best of my knowledge, in the public domain. Any excerpts from scores published after 1923 that are uploaded to this site have been licensed under a Creative Commons license, the specifics of which are available upon request.
Many of the scores you will find on this site are sourced from IMSLP. IMSLP provides these files to the public under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows for remixed and/or transformative works, such as the ones found here. Derivitaves must be released under the same Creative Commons license as their parent works. You may use and freely redistribute the files found here with the same stipulation. Please give credit where it is due, and remember to be aware of the copyright laws in your country.