List of fictional literature featuring opera

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This is a list of literary fiction which features opera in the plot. "Features" excludes fleeting mentions: for a literary work to be on this list opera must be a significant part of the plot, or, alternatively, provide significant context and backdrop.

Author Title Bibliographic Information Remarks
Anonymous Mittheilungen aus den geheimen Memoiren einer deutschen Sängerin; later issued as Aus den Memoiren einer Sängerin (Pauline: memoirs of a singer, or Promiscuous Pauline; or, The Memoirs of a German Opera Singer) Stuttgart: Franckh, 1829 Fictionalized biography of the opera singer Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient[citation needed]
Martha Albrand Final encore New York: St. Martin's Press, 1978 ISBN 0312289413
Kingsley Amis The Alteration London: Cape, 1976 ISBN 9780224013055 Inspired by Amis's hearing of the castrato Alessandro Moreschi; the lead character is a choir boy who undergoes castration
Oskar Paul Wilhelm Anwand Die Primadonna Friedrichs des Grossen Berlin: R. Bong, 1930 Fictionalized account of the love affair between Gertrud Elisabeth Mara and Frederick the Great
Laura Argiri The God In Flight New York: Random House, 1994 ISBN 0-679-42831-3
Gertrude Atherton Tower of Ivory New York: Macmillan Co., 1910
Honoré de Balzac Gambara New York: New York Review Books, 2001 ISBN 9780940322745 features an opera by its eponymous composer on the life of Mahomet, as well as a disquisition on Meyerbeer's opera Robert le diable
Charles Barnard The Soprano: a Musical Story Boston: Loring, 1869
Robert Barnard Death on the High C's New York: Walker, 1978 ISBN 9780802753984
Robert Barnard Death and the Chaste Apprentice New York: Scribner's, 1989 ISBN 9780684190020
Eva Fanny Bernhardine Turk Baudissin, Grafin von Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient: der Schicksalsweg einer großen Künstlerin Berlin: Drei Masken Verlag, 1937
Ines Castellani Fantoni Benaglio Mario Milano: Baldini, Castoldi,1906
Edward Frederic Benson Queen Lucia London: Hutchinson & Co., 1920
Edward Frederic Benson Lucia in London London: Hutchinson & Co., 1927
Edward Frederic Benson Trouble for Lucia London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1939
Siegfried Berger Der König und die Sängerin: ein heiterer Roman Merseburg: Stollberg, 1942
Manfred Bieler Der Mädchenkrieg (The Three Daughters) London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1978 ISBN 9780340224427 First published in 1975
Dan Billamy Opera House Murders New York: Leisure Books, 1985 ISBN 9780843922721 First published in 1940
David Black Murder at the Met Garden City, N.Y.: Dial Press, 1984 ISBN 9780385278522
Janos Bokay Bohemek es pillangok: Puccini életregénye Budapest: Zenemukiadó, 1976 ISBN 9789633301029
Vance Bourjaily Now playing at Canterbury New York: Dial Press, 1976 ISBN 9780803764507
Malcolm Bradbury Rates of Exchange London: Secker & Warburg, 1983 ISBN 9780436065057 features the interminable Slakan national opera Vedontakal Vrop, by Z. Leblat
Malcolm Bradbury Why come to Slaka? London: Secker & Warburg, 1986 ISBN 9780436065064 again features the interminable Slakan national opera Vedontakal Vrop, by Z. Leblat
Marion Zimmer Bradley Night's Daughter New York: Ballantine Books, 1985 ISBN 9780345309204
Marion Zimmer Bradley The Forest House New York : Viking, 1994 ISBN 9780670844548
Richard Brickner Tickets New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981 ISBN 9780671412098
Carter Brown The Savage Salome New York: New American Library of World Literature, 1960
Anthony Burgess Earthly Powers New York, N.Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1980 ISBN 9780671414900
Dino Buzzati Paura alla Scala (The Scala Scare) Milano: Mondadori, 2001 ISBN 9788804479567 First published in 1949
James M. Cain A Career in C Major New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986 ISBN 9780070095939 First published in 1943
James M. Cain Mildred Pierce New York: Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2003 ISBN 9780375414381 First published in 1941
James M. Cain Serenade New York: Vintage Books, 1978 ISBN 9780394725857 First published in 1937
Joseph Caldwell The Uncle from Rome New York: Viking, 1992 ISBN 9780670840588 An American singer is caught up in a star diva's extended family when he agrees to pose as her uncle.
Paola Capriolo Vissi d'amore (translated as Floria Tosca) London, New York: Serpent's Tail, 1997 ISBN 9781852423810
Roger M. Carew The Contralto Boston : Richard G. Badger, 1912
John Stewart Carter Full Fathom Five Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1965
Willa Cather The Song of the Lark Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1988 ISBN 9780395345306 First published 1915
Willa Cather Lucy Gayheart New York: Vintage Books, 1976 ISBN 9780394717562 First published in 1935
Willa Cather A Wagner Matinee New York, N.Y. : Library of America, 1992 ISBN 9780940450714 First published in 1904
Frances Cavanah Two Loves for Jenny Lind Philadelphia : Macrae Smith, 1956
Rodolfo Celletti Tu che la vanita Milano : Rizzoli, 1981
Robin Close The Boheme Combination New York: Walker, 1974 ISBN 9780802753069
Francis Marion Crawford The Diva's Ruby New York, Macmillan, 1908 "A sequel to Primadonna and Fair Margaret"
Francis Marion Crawford The Primadonna New York : Macmillan, 1907 "A sequel to Fair Margaret"
Francis Marion Crawford Soprano: a Portrait (U.K. title; published in the U.S. as Fair Margaret: a Portrait) New York: Macmillan, 1905
Edmund Crispin Swan Song New York: Walker, 1980 ISBN 9780802754202 First published in 1947
Mary Daheim Bantam of the Opera New York: Avon Books, 1993 ISBN 9780380769346 When obnoxious opera star Mario Pacetti and his entourage come to stay at her Hillside Manor and Mario is killed by poison, bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle sets out to find the murderer and save her inn's reputation (publishers' summary)
Marcia Davenport Of Lena Geyer New York: Scribner, 1936
Marcia Davenport My Brother's Keeper New York: Scribner, 1954
Marc David Farinelli: Memoires d'un castrat Paris: Perrin, 1994 ISBN 9782262010867
Robertson Davies The Lyre of Orpheus New York: Penguin Books, 1988 ISBN 9780140114331
Robertson Davies The Manticore New York: Penguin Books, 1972 ISBN 9780143039136
Robertson Davies A Mixture of Frailties New York, Scribner, 1958
Kathryn Davis The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf New York: Knopf, 1993 ISBN 9780679414254
Ken Davis The Forza Trap New York: Avon, 1979 ISBN 9780380445523
Mary Deasy Ella Gunning Boston: Little, Brown, 1950
Georges Delaquys La naissance de Tristan Paris: La petite illustration, 1937
Colin Dexter The Inspector Morse series
Michael Dibdin Cosi Fan Tutti London, Boston: Faber and Faber, 1996 ISBN 9780571179206
Philip K. Dick Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1968
Klemens Diez Constanze – gewesene Witwe Mozart translated as: Constanze, formerly widow of Mozart: her unwritten memoir Wien: Österreichische Verlagsanstalt, A. Schroll, 1982 ISBN 9783852020792
Carole Nelson Douglas Good morning, Irene New York: Tor, 1991 ISBN 9780312932114
Carole Nelson Douglas Good night, Mr. Holmes New York: T. Doherty Associates Book, 1990 ISBN 9780312932107
Carole Nelson Douglas Irene at Large New York : Tor, 1992 ISBN 9780312852238
Arthur Conan Doyle A Scandal in Bohemia Strand Magazine, 1891
Fortuné du Boisgobey Le crime de l'opera translated as: The Crime of the Opera House Paris, E. Plon et cie, 1880
Diane Duane The Book of Night With Moon New York: Warner Books, 1997 ISBN 0446673021 One of the characters is Urruah, a dumpster-living, foodie tomcat with a yen for opera
George du Maurier Trilby
Jane Duncan My friends from Cairnton New York: St. Martin's Press, 1964
Dorothy Dunnett ‘‘Dolly and the singing bird’‘[1][2] (originally published as ‘‘The photogenic soprano’‘ (1968),[3] later as ‘‘Rum Affair’‘ (1991)[4])
Erich Ebermayer Die goldene Stimme Hamburg: P. Zsolnay, 1958
Anne Edwards La Divina New York: W. Morrow and Co., 1994 ISBN 9780688088361 Athena Varos rose to become a great opera diva during the 1930s and 40s, while her private life came to resemble one of her operas"[5]
George Eliot Daniel Deronda New York: Oxford University Press, 1984 ISBN 9780198125570
Dominique Fernandez Porporino, ou, Les mystères de Naples translated as: Porporino, or The Secret of Naples New York: Morrow, 1976 ISBN 9780688030582
Kurt Arnold Findeisen Flugel der Morgenrote Berlin : Verlag der Nation, 1956
Grete Fink-Tobich Mir erkoren, mir verloren Graz: L. Stocker, 1963
Gustave Flaubert Madame Bovary New York: Viking, 2010 ISBN 9780670022076 First published in 1856
E. M. Forster Where Angels Fear to Tread New York: Vintage Books, 1992 ISBN 9780679736349 First published in 1920
Helena von Fortenbach Wahn und Wahrheit Berlin: M.A. Klieber, 1961
Jessie Fothergill The First Violin New York: H. Holt and Company, 1878
Arnaldo Fraccaroli Bellini Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori, 1942
Arnaldo Fraccaroli Donizetti Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori, 1945
Don Freeman and Lydia Freeman Pet of the Met New York: Puffin Books, 1988 ISBN 9780140508925 First published in 1953; "A mouse who works as a page turner at the Metropolitan Opera House has only one enemy, a cat; but, during a performance of "The Magic Flute," something magical happens to change their lives."[5]
Nancy Freedman Prima Donna New York: William Morrow, 1981 ISBN 9780688037307
Max Frisch Gantenbein (Mein Name sei Gantenbein) Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 1964
Kurt Frischler Der Maestro Wien: Molden, 1976 ISBN 9783217006713
René Fülöp-Miller Katzenmusik translated in English as Sing, brat, sing New York: Holt, 1947 First published in German in 1936
Matthew Gallaway The Metropolis Case New York: Crown Publishers, 2010 ISBN 9780307463425 "From the smoky music halls of 1860s Paris to the tumbling skyscrapers of twenty-first-century New York, a sweeping tale of passion, music, and the human heart's yearning for connection. An unlikely quartet is bound together across centuries and continents by the strange and spectacular history of Richard Wagner's masterpiece opera Tristan and Isolde."[5]
John Gano Death at the Opera London: Macmillan, 1995 ISBN 9780333629628 "A tour of the stately homes of England by the Floria Tosca Grand Opera Company is rudely interrupted by several murders, including the death of one of its sponsors. In view of the amorous intrigues and professional backstabbing, police have a hard time figuring out what's what."[5]
Paul J. Gillette Carmela New York: Arbor House, 1972 ISBN 9780877950462
Oskar Gluth Der verhexte Spitzweg München: L. Staackmann, 1974 ISBN 9783920897509 First published in 1928
Thomas Godfrey (ed) Murder at the Opera: a collection of eleven murder mysteries New York: Mysterious Press, 1989 ISBN 9780892963799 Includes: Addio, San Francisco by 'Albert Herring'; Swan song by Agatha Christie; A matter of mean elevation by O. Henry; Mom sings an aria by James Yaffe; The affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A.E.W. Mason; Death by enthusiasm by Hector Berlioz; The gun with wings by Rex Stout; Murder at the opera by Vincent Starrett; Melody in death by Baynard Kendrick; The Ptomaine canary by Helen Traubel; The spy who went to the opera by Edward D. Hoch
Curt Goetz Die Tote von Beverly Hills Berlin-Grunewald: Herbig, 1951
Lawrence Goldman The Castrato New York: John Day Co. 1973 ISBN 9780381982324
Umberto Gozzano Rossini; il romanzo dell'opera Torino: G.B. Paravia, 1954
Elizabeth Caroline Grey The Young Prima Donna: a romance of the opera London: Bentley, 1840
Elizabeth Caroline Grey The Opera-Singers Wife London: Charles H. Clarke, 1855
Macdonald Harris Herma New York: Atheneum, 1981 ISBN 9780689111792
Andrew Harvey Burning Houses Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1986 ISBN 9780395404263
Josef Haslinger Opernball Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer, 1995 ; ISBN 9783596135912
William James Henderson The Soul of a Tenor: a Romance New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1912
Hermann Hesse Gertrud translated into English as Gertrude New York: Picador, 2005 ISBN 9780312424633 First published in 1955
Patricia Highsmith The Boy Who Followed Ripley New York: Lippincott & Crowell, 1980 ISBN 9780690019117
John Spencer Hill The Last Castrato New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995 ISBN 9780312131074
E. T. A. Hoffmann Ritter Gluck: eine Erinnerung aus dem Jahre 1809 Dortmund: W. Crüwell, 1961 First published in 1809
Tom Holt Expecting Someone Taller New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987 ISBN 9780312014261 A meek young Englishman enters the world of Wagnerian myth when he inherits a helmet which allows him to understand the speech of birds and animals, and a ring which supplies him with endless amounts of gold and makes him the ruler of the world.[5]
Tom Holt Flying Dutch New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991 ISBN 9780312069759
James Huneker Painted Veils New York, Boni and Liveright, 1920
Ingo Insterburg Das Leben des Otto Darmstadt Leer: Gerhard Rautenberg, 1973
John Irving The Hotel New Hampshire New York: Dutton, 1981 ISBN 9780525128014
Anna Jacobson Nachklange Richard Wagners im Roman Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1932
Ottokar Janetschek Der Konig und sein Meister Wien: Kremayr & Scheriau, 1952
Ottokar Janetschek Die Primadonna: ein Mozartroman Wien: Kremayr & Scheriau, 1956
Fred G. Jarvis Murder at the Met New York: Coward-McCann, 1971
Robert F. Joseph The Diva New York: Berkley Pub. Corp., 1975
James Joyce Ulysses Paris: Shakespeare and Co., 1922
Stuart Kaminsky Poor Butterfly New York: Mysterious Press, 1990 ISBN 9780892964116
Carol J. Kane Diva New York: Harper & Row, 1990 ISBN 9780060163198
Susan Kay Phantom New York: Delacorte Press, 1991 ISBN 9780385302968 A recreation of the life of the Phantom of the Opera unmasks the Paris Opera House inhabitant, telling how he was born disfigured and how he became a side-show freak, stonemason's apprentice, and eventually the masked man in search of love.[5]
Terry Kay Shadow song New York: Pocket Books, 1994 ISBN 9780671892616
H. R. F. Keating Death of a Fat God New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1963
Doris Parkin Keil The Ploughboy and the Nightingale Toronto: Copp Clark Pub. Co., 1958
Jane Kingsford The Soprano: a Musical Story Boston: Loring, 1869
James Kirkwood, Jr. Good Times/Bad Times New York: Simon and Schuster, 1968 ISBN 9780671200763
Gustav Kobbé Signora, a child of the opera house New York: R.H. Russell, 1902
Zdenko von Kraft Abend in Bayreuth Berlin: Hyperion-Verlag, 1943
Zdenko von Kraft Welt und Wahn, Barrikaden, Liebestod, Wahnfried: ein Richard-Wagner-Roman Heidelberg: Keysersche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1954
Max Kronberg Feuerzauber: ein Lebens-Roman Richard Wagners Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1932
Max Kronberg Konig und Kunstler: Roman Konig Ludwigs II. und Richard Wagner Leipzig: Otto Janke, 1937
Max Kronberg Der Sieg der Melodie: ein Puccini-Caruso-Roman Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1935
Joachim Kupsch Ein Ende in Dresden: ein Richard-Wagner-Roman Berlin: Henschel, 1964
Maria Lang (pseudonym of Dagmar Lange) Camilla vid skiljevagen Stockholm: Norstedt, 1978 ISBN 9789117823412
Fritz Lange Johann Strauss, der Walzerkonig Berlin: R. Bong, 1925
Lillian Lauferty Baritone Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1948
Lilian Lee (Pi-hua Li) Farewell To My Concubine (Pa-wang pieh Chi) New York: William Morrow, 1993 ISBN 9780688120207 Farewell to My Concubine is a story of jealousy and passion set against the exhilarating spectacle of the Peking opera. One of the most unusual epic romances of all time, the novel moves swiftly from the decadent glamour of 1930s China through the horrors of the Japanese occupation right up to Hong Kong in the 1980s. This riveting and sensual story could only have come from the pen of Lilian Lee, one of the Chinese reading world's most beloved and best-selling authors....[5]
Lotte Lehmann Orplid, mein Land Wien: Herbert Reichner, 1937
Donna Leon Death at La Fenice New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992 ISBN 9780060168711
Gaston Leroux Le Fantôme de l'Opéra translated as The Phantom of the Opera Paris, P. Lafitte & cie, 1910
Endre Levai & Endre Barat La vie fantastique de Caruso Paris: les éd. artistiques et documentaires, 1946
William Lewis Gala New York: Dutton, 1987 ISBN 9780525244769
Shariann Lewitt Interface Masque New York: Tor, 1997 ISBN 9780312856274
Matthias Lichtenfels Ludwig II, Konig von Bayern Düsseldorf: Deutsche Buchvertriebs- und Verlags-Gesellschaft, 1960
Vincent B. "Chip" LoCoco "Tempesta's Dream – A Story of Love, Friendship and Opera" [New Orleans, LA.]: Cefalutana Press, 2003 ISBN 9780972882408
Alfred Machard Une vie d'amour: Puccini Paris: J. Tallandier (impr. de J. Téqui), 1954
Joseph Machlis The Career of Madga V New York: Norton, 1985 ISBN 9780393019902
Charlotte MacLeod The Plain Old Man Garden City, N.Y.: Published for the Crime Club by Doubleday, 1985 ISBN 9780385230032 When she gets involved in her Aunt Emma's production of "The Sorcerer" by Gilbert and Sullivan, Sarah Kelling Bittersohn doesn't expect it to lead to art theft and murder.[5]
Gladys Malvern Blithe Genius: the story of Rossini New York: Longmans, Green and co., 1959
Klaus Mann Vergittertes fenster: novelle um den tod des königs Ludwig II. von Bayern' Amsterdam: Querido verlag n.v., 1937
Thomas Mann Tristan
Thomas Mann Wälsungenblut (The Blood of the Wälsungs) München: Phantasus-Verlag, 1921
Queena Mario Death drops Delilah New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1944
Queena Mario Murder in the opera house New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1934
Queena Mario Murder meets Mephisto New York: Dutton, 1942
Ngaio Marsh Photo Finish Boston: Little, Brown, 1980 ISBN 9780316546805 Chief Superintendent Roderick Alleyn, C.I.D., Scotland Yard, must identify "Strix" (a dangerous shutterbug) among the assemblage of luminaries gathered at the New Zealand hideaway of the opera star La Sommita's wealthy patron.[5]
Armistead Maupin Tales of the City New York: Harper & Row, 1978 ISBN 9780060964047
Julian May Jack the Bodiless New York: Knopf (distributed by Random House), 1992 ISBN 9780679409502
Martin Mayer A Voice That Fills the House New York: Simon and Schuster, 1959
James McCourt Mawrdew Czgowchwz New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1975 ISBN 9780374204617 "Diva Mawrdew Czgowchwz bursts like the most brilliant of comets onto the international opera scene, only to confront the deadly malice and black magic of her rivals.[5]
Brown Meggs Aria New York: Atheneum, 1978 ISBN 9780689108327
Robert Merrill and Fred G. Jarvis The Divas New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978 ISBN 9780671242398
Nicholas Meyer The Canary Trainer: from the memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993 ISBN 9780393312416
Grant Michaels Mask for a Diva New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994 ISBN 9780312114626
Edith Mikeleitis Der grosse Mittag Darmstadt: O.A. Ehlers, 1954
George Moore Evelyn Innes New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1898
Ethan Mordden The Venice Adriana New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998 ISBN 9780312182021 American Mark Trigger travels to 1960s Venice to write a biography of Adriana Grafanas, a famous opera singer, and is drawn into her world—a film director courts her for a movie, a princess tries to steal her man. In the process Trigger discovers his passion—for men.[5]
Iris Murdoch A Fairly Honourable Defeat New York, Viking Press 1970 ISBN 9780670305339
William Murray When the Fat Man sings New York: Bantam Books, 1987 ISBN 9780553052169
Henry Myers The Signorina New York: Crown Publishers, 1956 Fictionized biography of Maria Felicita Garcia Malibran, the opera singer.[5]
Roy Nash Franz Schubert (originally published as Sing, my poor heart, sing) Notre Dame: Dujarie Press, 1967 Originally published 1955
Beverley Nichols Evensong Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1932
Hans Nowak and Georg Zivier Verdi, oder Die Macht des Schicksals Berlin, Keil Verlag, 1938 Later issued as Die Macht des Schicksals, ein Verdi-Roman
Kate O'Brien As Music and Splendor London: Heinemann, 1958
Daniel Odier Diva Paris: Seghers, 1979 English translation published in 1983
Eduard Marie Oettinger Rossini: komischer Roman Leipzig: Reclam, 1845
Conrad L. Osborne O Paradiso New York: Arbor House/William Morrow, 1987 ISBN 9780399133084
Barbara Paul A Cadenza for Caruso New York: St. Martin's Press, 1984 ISBN 9780312113285 Murder stalks the Met. Puccini has been black-mailed and Toscanini is acting strangely. Can Enrico Caruso solve the mystery?[5]
Barbara Paul A Chorus of Detectives New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987 ISBN 9780312005764
Barbara Paul Prima Donna at Large New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1985 ISBN 9780312644147
Laurence Payne Vienna Blood London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1984 ISBN 9780340357637
Diane Pearson Voices of Summer New York: Crown Publishers, 1992 ISBN 9780517591925
Ursula Perrin Unheard Music New York: Dial Press, 1981 ISBN 9780385272018
Ellis Peters (Edith Pargeter) Funeral of Figaro London: Published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1962
Ellis Peters The Horn of Roland London: Macmillan, 1974 ISBN 9780333166758
Ellis Peters The House of Green Turf London: Published for the Crime Club by Collins, 1969 ISBN 9780002313032 A famous singer wakes up in hospital after a car crash, haunted by the certainty that she has been responsible for a death at some time in the past. She hires an private investigator, who launches a hunt across Europe with the trail leading to Felse's wife, Bunty.[5]
Ellis Peters The Will and the Deed London: Collins, 1960
Audrey Peterson Deadly Rehearsal New York: Pocket Books, 1990 ISBN 9780671691691
Frederik Pohl Outnumbering the Dead New York: St. Martin's Press, 1990 ISBN 9780312077556
Terry Pratchett Maskerade London: Gollancz, 1995 ISBN 9780575058088
Wilhelm Pultz Die Geburt der deutschen Oper Leipzig: v. Hase & Koehler, 1939
James Purdy Out with the Stars San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1992 ISBN 9780872862845
Barbara Pym The Sweet Dove Died London: Macmillan, 1978 ISBN 9780333233238
Heribert Rau Carl Maria von Weber Leipzig: T. Thomas, 1865
John Reeves Murder with muskets New York: Doubleday, 1985 ISBN 9780385230360
Hans Reisigner Unruhiges Gestirn: Die Jugend Richard Wagners (translated into English as: Restless star: the youth of Richard Wagner) Leipzig: Paul List, 1930
Pierre-Jean Rémy Cordelia ou l'Angleterre Paris: Gallimard, 1979
Pierre-Jean Rémy La mort de Floria Tosca Paris: Mercure de France, 1974
Pierre-Jean Rémy Salue pour moi le monde Paris: Gallimard, 1980
Anne Rice Cry to Heaven New York: Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1982 ISBN 9780394523514
Henry Handel Richardson The Young Cosima, a novel New York: W. W. Norton, 1939 Twelve years in the life of the daughter of Franz Liszt (Cosima Wagner).[5]
Hermann Richter Das wilde Herz: Lebensroman der Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient Leipzig: Koehler & Amelang, 1927
Blanche Roosevelt Stage-struck; or, She would be an opera-singer New York: Fords, Howard, & Hulbert; London, Sampson Low & Co., 1884
Kate Ross The Devil in Music New York: Viking, 1997 ISBN 9780670863594 The sleuthing 19th century English dandy, Julian Kestrel, is in Milan searching for the killer of a famous marquis. The marquis was a patron of the opera and the probe takes place against the background of goings-on at La Scala.[5]
Anneliese Rothenberger In mir klingt ein Lied: die schonsten Geschichten aus der Welt der Musik München: Lichtenberg, 1974 ISBN 9783785211588
Jean Rousselot La vie passionnee de Wagner Paris: Éditions Seghers, 1960
Anthony Rudel Imagining Don Giovanni New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001 ISBN 9780871138279 "In the eleventh hour of Don Giovanni's production, Mozart and Da Ponte have halted all work in fundamental disagreement about its themes. Tempers flare but neither strong-willed man will back down, and no consensus can be wrought as the royally decreed date for the premiere looms. When all hope seems lost, the infamous Casanova appears on the scene with a flourish, full of salacious stories and surprising wisdom.[5]
Pitts Sanborn Prima Donna, a novel of the opera New York: Longmans, Green, 1929
George Sand La Comtesse de Rudolstadt Bruxelles: Meline, Cans et Co., 1843 A sequel to Consuelo
George Sand Consuelo Bruxelles: Société Belge de Librairie Hauman et C., 1842
Heinrich Satter Angelica Catalani: Primadonna der Kaiser und Konige Frankfurt am Main: Frankfurter Bücher, 1958
Phillip Scott One Dead Diva Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 1995 ISBN 9781555837594 Marc, a 50-ish accident-prone opera queen, and Paul, a ditsy chorus boy addicted to dance parties, are an odd pairing as friends. As detectives they are even more unlikely. Still, they decide to investigate the mysterious death of Sydney's hottest new operatic talent, Jennifer Burke—a death the authroities have deemed a suicide. Hot on the trail of clues that lead to all the wrong answers, our energetically inefficient sleuths investigate a slew of highly suspicious characters—including a sharp-tongued music critic, a past-it prima donna, and a formidable drag artiste—before accidentally stumbling over the truth.[5]
Eugène Scribe Carlo Broschi: nouvelle historique Bruxelles: Meline, Cans et Cie, 1839
Alberic Second Les petits mystères de l'Opera Paris: G. Kugelmann, 1844
Sam Siciliano The Angel of the opera: Sherlock Holmes meets the Phantom of the Opera New York: O. Penzler Books, 1994 ISBN 9781883402464 Sherlock Holmes travels to Paris to solve the mystery of a ghost threatening the capital's opera house with financial ruin unless they pay him a large sum of money. A retelling of Gastom Leroux's 1925 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, with Holmes in the hero's role.[5]
Alphons Silbermann Das imaginare Tagebuch des Herrn Jacques Offenbach Berlin: Bote & Bock, 1960
Gerald Sinstadt The Fidelio Score London: John Long, 1965
Kay Nolte Smith Elegy for a Soprano New York: Villard Books, 1985 ISBN 9780394546674
Susan Sontag The Volcano Lover New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1992 ISBN 9780374285166
Susannah Stacey A Knife At The Opera New York: Summit Books, 1988 ISBN 9780671657802 Backstage at the Turnbridge Wells girls' school production of The Beggar's Opera, all was bedlam. Miss Claire Fairlie, the pretty English teacher, was found with a knife plunged into her back. Superintendent Robert Bone was in the audience, and as he dug deeper in the case, he discovered there was a lot more to Miss Fairlie than met the eye.[5]
Edward Stewart Ariana New York: Crown Publishers, 1984 ISBN 9780517557280
Lene Stuhlfaut Nur wer durch Feuer bricht Bayreuth: J. Steeger, 1951
Gladys Swarthout Come Soon, Tomorrow: the story of a young singer Philadelphia: Blakiston; New York: Distributed by Dodd, Mead & Co., 1943
Frank Thiess Caruso: Roman einer Stimme Hamburg: Krüger, 1946
Frank Thiess Der Tenor von Trapani Leipzig: Reclam, 1942
Roderick Thorp Jenny and Barnum: a novel of love Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1981 ISBN 9780385150583
Leo Tolstoy War and Peace New York: T.Y. Crowell & Co., 1889 First published in 1869
Leo Tolstoy Anna Karenina New York: T.Y. Crowell & Co., 1886 First published in 1878. A performance of Lucia di Lammermoor is a pivotal event[6]
Helen Traubel The Metropolitan Opera Murders New York: Simon and Schuster, 1951
Anthony Trollope The Landleaguers London: Chatto & Windus, 1883
Carl Van Vechten Interpreters and interpretations New York: A.A. Knopf, 1917
Jules Verne Dr. Ox's Experiment (Une Fantasie du Docteur Ox) Paris: J. Hetzel et Cie, 1874 First published in 1872
Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) No Night Is Too Long London: Viking, 1994 ISBN 9780670855612
Franz Werfel Verdi: Roman der Oper Berlin: Paul Zsolnay, 1924
Edith Wharton The Age of Innocence London: D. Appleton and Company, 1920
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro Music when Sweet Voices Die (later retitled: False Notes) New York: Putnam, 1979 ISBN 9780399120046


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  2. ^ Worldcat record for ‘‘Dolly and the singing bird’‘
  3. ^ Worldcat record for ‘‘The photogenic soprano’‘
  4. ^ Worldcat record for ‘‘Rum Affair’‘
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Publisher's summary
  6. ^ Polhemus, Robert M. (1990). Erotic Faith: Being in Love from Jane Austen to D. H. Lawrence. University of Chicago Press. p. 55. ISBN 0226673227.