About This Website


The Opera Research Center (ORC) the Showa University of Music was established in 1991 with the goal of exploring measures for the promotion of opera and musical arts in Japan. As the most preeminent research institution in Japan on opera performance, we have since then promoted research and study activities.

The ORC has been collecting a wide variety of information through national and global networks of opera houses and organizations. The collection now consists of a large number of documents and materials of historical significance, such as program leaflets, flyers, photographs, and recordings of performances. Since 2012, the ORC has digitally archived these materials and compiled databases to share these documents and materials.

Opera Information Center database

The website "Opera Information Center" (OIC) consists of three databases, which are closely linked to each other:

"Documents and Materials" database contains materials including program leaflets and flyers of opera performances collected by the ORC.
"Productions" database contains information about opera performances in Japan (date and time, venue, casts and staff, etc.).
"Works" database contains information about opera works.


Accuracy of data

The databases contain original information that we have collected. In case of cast changes, we correct the data after verifying the changes. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the performances were made by the casts listed in the databases.

Access to the original materials

Sorry, the original materials are not open to the public.


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