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Also see: Repertory theater or Repertoire (disambiguation).

Repertoire (/ˈrɛpəˌtwɑr/ or /ˈrɛpəˌtwɑː/) refers to a list or set of dramas, operas, musical compositions or roles which a company or person is prepared to perform.[1] The term has been widely used by musicians to refer to a musical repertoire. In some cases, the word "portfolio" is also used with a similar meaning, after an "artist's portfolio".


The first known use of the word "repertoire" was in 1847.[1] It is a loan word from the French language, as "répertoire", with a similar meaning in the arts. The origin of the word is from the Late Latin word "repertorium".[1]

Cultural influences[edit]

The concept of a basic repertoire has been extended to refer to groups which focus mainly on performing standard works, as in repertory theater or repertoire ballet.[2]

See also[edit]

  • setlist – a list of works for a specific performance
  • playlist – a list of works available to play
  • signature song – a musical composition most associated with a performer


  1. ^ a b c "Repertoire - Definition and More", Free Merriam-Webster, 2012, web: MW.
  2. ^ "American Ballet Theatre - Repertory Archive",, 2010, webpage: ABT.