A voluminous tome, most likely guaranteed to please all opera lovers, this complies practically all the information there is about opera, sets it down in alphabetical form and provides convenient cross references within each reference. Categories of entries include operas, (together with their stories, composers, dates, performances etc.) composers (with biographical data), famous aria titles, opera characters and opera personalities. Appendixed to these entries are special articles on the history of opera and the different forms in which it has appeared. Truly an extensive, practical reference tool that should find its way into many opera loving homes.