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All fields are optional and should only be used when necessary and where their use would not lead to misleading over-simplification. The addition of the infobox to an article will automatically italicise the article title per {{italic title}}.

Generally: If a parameter has multiple values, such as more than one librettist (as in example 2 below), more than one basis, use {{flatlist}} or {{plainlist}}.


Simple version

Opera by {{{composer}}}
Based on{{{based_on}}}
{{Infobox opera 
| name              = <!-- default is page name -->
| genre             = <!-- default is [[Opera]] -->
| composer          = 
| image             = 
| caption           = 
| librettist        = 
| language          = 
| based_on          = <!-- {{Based on|work|author}} -->
| premiere_date     = <!-- {{Start date|YYYY|MM|DD|df=y}} -->
| premiere_location = 

Long version

{{{genre}}} by {{{composer}}}
Native title
Other title{{{other_name}}}
Based on{{{based_on}}}
{{Infobox opera 
| name              = 
| italic title      = <!-- yes / no; defaults to yes -->
| genre             = 
| composer          = 
| image             = 
| image_upright     = 
| alt               = 
| caption           = 
| description       = 
| native_name       = 
| native_name_lang  = <!-- ISO 639-2 code e.g. "fr" for French. If more than one, use {{lang}} instead -->
| translated_name   = 
| other_name        = 
| librettist        = 
| language          = 
| based_on          = <!-- {{Based on|work|author}} -->
| premiere_date     = <!-- {{Start date|YYYY|MM|DD|df=y}} -->
| premiere_location = 
| other             = <!-- {{Collapsible list|title=}} -->
| website           = <!-- {{URL|}} -->


Title of the opera as it appears in the article title. This will appear at the top of the infobox above the image.
italic title
Normally yes to italicise the article's title; defaults to yes
This parameter shows above the image. The default is Opera. If a work is widely known as an operetta, e.g. The Merry Widow, or as a zarzuela, e.g. Doña Francisquita, these linked terms can be used instead of "Opera".
For consistency with other infoboxes on music, it can also be |type=, earlier versions may have also have |genre_header=.
person/people who wrote the music
An illustrative image. This can be the composer (preferably close to the time of the composition), a scene from the opera, a depiction of one or more of its characters, a singer depicted in one of the opera's roles, a poster, the title page or cover of the libretto, etc. Avoid images with a large vertical dimension in relation to their width, as this can make the infobox excessively long and interfere with the page layout.
image scaling factor; defaults to 1; see WP:THUMBSIZE
alternative text for image; see WP:ALT
caption for image
best left unspecified, – only if needed for a referenced sub-genre stated in the article e.g. dramma giocoso. However, do not list the sub-genre if it would lead to misleading oversimplification. Sub-genre distinctions can be very blurry, and are best explicated in the article text.
possibility of a description, when no genre fits, but best left blank
This parameter will appear as Native title in the box. Use this field if the title of the opera article is not the native title, e.g. If the title of the article is The Marriage of Figaro, the native name would be Le nozze di Figaro. See Example 1 below.
ISO 2-letter code (e.g. it for Italian) for the language of the native name, (if more than one, use {{lang}} instead). This parameter will not be visible in the box.
This parameter will appear as Translation in the box. If the title of the opera article uses its native (non-English) name, use this to list the standard English name, if and only if, there is one, e.g. for Götterdämmerung, the translated name would be Twilight of the Gods. See Example 2 below. Do not use invented or ad hoc translations in this field. If there is no standard English name, leave it blank.
This parameter will appear as Other title in the box. Use this when the opera is known by two or more names. e.g. for Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, the other name is Viva la mamma. See Example 1 below which has a name, native name, and other name.
person/people who wrote the text
the original language(s) in which the text was written. Do not list subsequent translations.
Use this to list the literary work on which the libretto was based (if any). Do not list a work here unless it is specifically mentioned and referenced in the article. Use {{Based on}} to do so.
Use {{Start date}}.
Venue and/or city; will appear on the line following the premiere date.
This can be used for listing other operas by the same composer and their premiere dates in a collapsible list. Use {{Collapsible list}} The |title= parameter should by filled in as "Operas by X (composer's name)". See Example 3 below. This will not be necessary if the article already has a footer navbox listing the composer's operas, e.g. {{Giuseppe Verdi}}, {{Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky}}, {{Antonio Vivaldi}}, etc. If the composer does not have a footer navbox, consider to create one.
Official website for the opera (if any). This will apply to contemporary works only. See Example 3. Use {{URL}}.

Example 1

The Queen of Spades
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Peter Tschaikowski.jpg
Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Native title
Пиковая дама (Pikovaya dama)
Other title[Pique Dame] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help)
LibrettistModest Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Based on"The Queen of Spades"
by Pushkin
19 December 1898 (1898-12-19)
{{Infobox opera 
| name              = The Queen of Spades
| composer          = [[Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky]]
| native_name       = Пиковая дама (''Pikovaya dama'')
| native_name_lang  = ru
| image             = Peter Tschaikowski.jpg
| caption           = Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
| genre             =
| other_name        = {{lang|fr|''Pique Dame''}}
| librettist        = [[Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky]]
| language          = Russian
| based_on          = {{tl|Based on|"[[The Queen of Spades (story)|The Queen of Spades]]"|[[Alexander Pushkin|Pushkin]]}}
| premiere_date     = {{Start date|1898|12|19|df=y}}
| premiere_location = [[Mariinsky Theatre]], [[Saint Petersburg|St. Petersburg]]

Example 2

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Lucien Fugère in the title role, 1894
LibrettistArrigo Boito
Based onThe Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2
by Shakespeare
9 February 1893 (1893-02-09)
La Scala in Milan
{{Infobox opera
| name              = ''Falstaff''
| composer          = [[Giuseppe Verdi]]
| image             = Lucien-Fugère-as-Falstaff.jpg
| image_upright     = 0.8
| caption           = [[Lucien Fugère]] in the title role, 1894
| librettist        = [[Arrigo Boito]]
| language          = Italian
| based_on          = {{based on|''[[The Merry Wives of Windsor]]'' and scenes from ''[[Henry IV (Shakespeare play)|Henry IV]]'', parts 1 and 2|Shakespeare}}
| premiere_date     = {{Start date|1893|02|09|df=y}}
| premiere_location = {{Nowrap|[[La Scala]] in Milan}}

Example 3

Nixon in China
Opera by John Adams
Composer John Adams, 2008
LibrettistAlice Goodman
October 22, 1987 (1987-10-22)
{{Infobox opera 
| name              = Nixon in China
| composer          = [[John Adams (composer)|John Adams]]
| image             = JA-portrait-1-LW.jpg
| caption           = Composer John Adams, 2008
| librettist        = [[Alice Goodman]]
| language          = English
| premiere_date     = {{Start date|1987|10|22}}
| premiere_location = [[Wortham Theater Center]], Houston
| website           = {{URL|}}

Example 4

The Demon Editor of Wikipedia
Operetta by John Smith
A drawing of the devil
An example image
Native title
Il diavolo di Wikipedia
Other titleWiki Devil
LibrettistJane Doe
18 March 2013 (2013-03-18)
{{Infobox opera 
| name              = The Demon Editor of Wikipedia
| type              = [[Operetta]]
| composer          = John Smith
| native_name       = ''Il diavolo di Wikipedia''
| native_name_lang  = it
| image             = Backer Judgment (detail).JPG
| alt               = A drawing of the devil
| caption           = An example image
| other_name        = ''Wiki Devil''
| librettist        = Jane Doe
| language          = Italian
| premiere_date     = {{Start date|2013|03|18|df=y}}
| premiere_location = Toytown
| website           = {{URL|}}


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