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Librettos

1834 - 1870


The table below shows sources, many online, for librettos of English operas between 1834 and 1870.  In addition, most, but not all, are also available in some form in the British Library and some in other locations. Those labelled "Available here" have been transcribed and included on this web site. See the footnotes for information on the sources.

Please note that available material may not be exactly what was performed on particular occasions, for example, at the premiere. In a few cases, the librettist entry has "See opera page".  This is because there are uncertainties as to who wrote the libretto, which are explored on the web page for that opera.

The approach to transcribing the original sources and its various pitfalls are detailed in A Note on Transcribing English Opera Librettos of this Era .

Please email [email protected] with any other accessible online sources.

 

Opera

Librettist

Libretto available at

     
1834    

Nourjahad

Arnold, Samuel J.

BL sys. no: 000120067 (words for vocal items only) Original play at Google Books .

The Mountain Sylph

Thackeray, Thomas J. Available here

Hermann or
The Broken Spear

See opera page Available here

Lord of the Isles

Fitzball, Edward Google Books , LoC
     

1835
   

Sadak and Kalasrade

Mitford, Mary Russell British Library scan , LoC

The Spirit of the Bell

Kenney, James Available here

The Covenanters

Dibdin, Thomas John

Available here

The Siege of Rochelle

Fitzball, Edward Hathi Trust , LoC

Agnes Sorel

à Beckett, Gilbert Available here
     

1836
   

The Rose of
the Alhambra

See opera page Available here

The Maid of Artois

Bunn, Alfred Hathi Trust , Google Books , LoC

The Sexton of Cologne

Fitzball, Edward Available here

The Pacha's Bridal

Lemon, Mark Available here

The Village Coquettes

Dickens, Charles dickens.jp , Archive.org
     

1837
   

Fair Rosamond

Barnett, Charles Z. Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek
Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

Catherine Grey

Linley, G. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

The Barbers of Bassora

Morton, John Maddison Hathi Trust 

Joan of Arc

Fitzball, Edward LoC , Hathi Trust  - both show only the words for vocal items. The text does not seem to have been included in the Lord Chamberlain's Plays and so any dialogue has been lost.

Amilie or The Love Test

Haines, John Thomas Google books .
     

1838
   

The Gipsy's Warning

Linley, George and
R.B.Peake
Google books.

The Outpost

Serle, Thomas James BL manuscript Add MS 42946, ff. 685-696 b

Diadeste or
The Veiled Lady

Fitzball, Edward BL manuscript MS 42947, ff. 95-174
BL sys. no.: 000182314 (words for vocal items only)

The Devil's Opera

Macfarren, George Google Books

Francis the First

See opera page Act 1 - BL Manuscripts Add MS 42949, ff. 386-410
     

1839
   

Farinelli

Barnett, Charles Z. Google Books , LoC

Henrique

Haines, John Thomas Google Books
     

1840
   

Fridolin

Lemon, Mark BL manuscript Add MS 42957, ff. 568-583 b & 749-769
     

1841
   

Keolanthe or
the Unearthly Bride

Fitzball, Edward German version - Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek .
English version at Harvard and McMaster Univs.
The text does not seem to have been included in the Lord Chamberlain's Plays and so any dialogue has been lost.
     

1843
   

The Bohemian Girl

Bunn, Alfred Many available, e.g. Archive.org , Univ. of Wellington
     

1844
   

The Brides of Venice

Benedict, Julius and
Bunn, Alfred
Google books  ,   Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

The Daughter of St Mark

Bunn, Alfred Google books , LoC
     

1845
   

The Enchantress

Bunn, Alfred Google books , LoC . The edition printed for the 1854 revival can be found here

The Fairy Oak

Coape, Henry Coe Print edition at the National Art Library (V&A Museum)

Maritana

Fitzball, Edward Many examples, e.g. Hathi TrustNaxos ,
Univ. of Wellington
     

1846
   

An Adventure of
Don Quixote

Macfarren, George Archive.org

The Crusaders

Bunn, Alfred and
St Georges, Jules-Henri
Goethe Universität, Frankfurt , Loc

The Night Dancers

Soane, George The libretto published for the Pyne and Harrison Company revival at Covent Garden on November 10, 1860 can be found at the LoC

Loretta, a Tale of Seville

Bunn, Alfred Hathi Trust , LoC.

The Bondman

Bunn, Alfred Goethe Universität, Frankfurt , Hathi Trust , LoC
     

1847
   

Matilda of Hungary

Bunn, Alfred LoC

The Forest Maiden and
The Moorish Page

Fitzball, Edward BL manuscript Add MS 43004, ff. 192- 213 b

The Maid of Honor

Fitzball, Edward BL sys. no.: 015411571, Hathi Trust (limited search only)
     

1848
   

Robin Goodfellow

Smith, John Frederick BL manuscript system no.: Add MS 43015, ff. 286-307b.

Quentin Durward

Fitzball, Edward BL manuscript system no.: Add MS 43015, ff. 308-345.
Printed copy at Yale University
     

1849
   

Francesca Doria

Morris, Valentine and
Linley, George
British Library scan

King Charles II

Ryan,  Desmond LoC
     

1850
The Orphan of Geneva
 (Thérèse)
Jefferys, Charles LoC
The Last Crusade Vyse, Burdett LoC
     

1851
   

The Queen of a Day

Scribe,E. ,St Georges,
J-H, Buckstone, John
Google books
     

1852
   

The Sicilian Bride

Bunn, Alfred BL manuscript Add MS 52930 J. Printed copies available, e.g. at Yale, McMaster, Birmingham.

The Devil's In It

Bunn, Alfred Archive.org , LoC
     

1853
   

Love's Alarms

Buckstone, John BL manuscript Add MS 52943 U
     

1854
   
Léonie Drayton, Henri LoC
     

1855
   

Faust and Marguarite

Drayton, Henri BL manuscript Add MS 52954 K.

Berta, or, The Gnome
of the Hartsberg

Fitzball, Edward LoC

Raymond and Agnes

Fitzball, Edward Available here , LoC
     

1857
   

The Rose of Castille

Harris, Augustus and
Falconer, Edmund
National Library of Australia  , British Library scan
     

1858
   

Satanella, or,
The Power of Love

Harris, Augustus and
Falconer, Edmund
Google booksGoethe Universität, Frankfurt , Naxos
     

1859
   

Zaida, or,
The Pearl of Granada

Summers, Oliver BL manuscript Add MS 52979 Q

Victorine

Falconer, Edmund British Library scan , LoC
     

1860
   

Lurline

Fitzball, Edward British Library scan, Naxos

Robin Hood

Oxenford, John Naxos , LoC

Bianca,
the Bravo's Bride

Simpson, Palgrave Goethe Universität, Frankfurt , LoC
     

1861
   

The Amber Witch

Chorley, Henry LoC , Hathi Trust

Ruy Blas

Glover, Howard LoC

The Puritan's Daughter

Bridgman, John Vipon Goethe Universität, Frankfurt
     

1862
   

The Lily of Killarney

Oxenford, John and
Boucicault, Dion
Goethe Universität, Frankfurt

Love's Triumph

Planché, James R. Hathi Trust , LoC  
     

1863

The Armourer of Nantes

Bridgman, John Vipon Goethe Universität, Frankfurt , LoC

The Desert Flower

Harris, Augustus and
Williams, Thomas
Hathi Trust , LoC

Blanche de Nevers

Brougham, John LoC
     

1864
   

She Stoops to Conquer

Fitzball, Edward LoC

Helvellyn

Oxenford, John BL sys. no.: 015465353

Rose, or, Love's Ransom

Edwards, Henry S. Hathi  Trust , LoC
     

1865
   

Ida or
The Guardian Storks

Simpson, J. Palgrave Google Books
Felix or
The Festival of Roses
Oxenford, John LoC
     

1866
   

Sylvia
or The Forest Flowe
r

Galer, Elliott LoC

 

Any British Library item's labelled "BL sys. no." can be found through the main index search here. They are all printed items and in some cases printed text is only available for vocal items and not for the dialogue.

Any labelled "BL Manuscript" can be found through the Archives and Manuscript search here.  They are usually handwritten.

"British Library scan" indicates that the library have scanned the document and made it available online - click on the link.

"Hathi Trust" documents can be read online and individual pages downloaded but you have to be a member of Hathi Trust to download the complete document.

LoC refers to the Library of Congress. Their system brings up the pages of the librettos in such a way that the image progressively sharpens. Sometimes this can take some time and refreshing the page may help. The system also does not always bring up the image but it can usually be found by going to the gallery view.

 





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