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About The Database
What is an opera?
This database includes all operas, operettas, and chamber operas that use the saxophone. What is an opera? The definition I used is fairly simple. To qualify as an opera, the work had to meet one of these two definitions.
Does the composer call it an opera?
Do opera companies perform this work?
If the piece fits one of those definitions and includes the saxophone in the score, then it is included in this database.
I have also expanded the database to include ballet since ballets were essential in French Romantic opera. Many of the earliest operas have saxophone solos within the ballet.
How to cite the Opera Database
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Huntimer, Mary. The Operatic Saxophone Opera Database. theoperaticsaxophone.com. Accessed [January 1, 2021].
Huntimer, Mary. The Operatic Saxophone Opera Database. theoperaticsaxophone.com. Accessed [1 Jan 2021].
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The Saxophone Opera database is compiled and edited by Mary Huntimer, DMA. I am a saxophonist, teacher, and lover of old movies, especially silent films.
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