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North American Opera Journal

OPERA America invites submissions to the North American Opera Journal, a new peer-reviewed, semi-annual online journal for scholarship about North American opera that features high-quality research with multimedia elements. The Journal is the first to support scholarly work specific to the field of opera in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Submissions are invited from all scholars regardless of nationality or academic affiliation. Although length of submissions should not exceed 8,000 words plus other media, more concise articles are welcomed.

While the journal will cover all aspects of opera production in North America, topics should be centered on composition and performance histories of North American operas. The Journal will be targeted at readers interested in musicological and historical issues, and singers and other professionals involved in opera production. Articles may engage in issues of:
  • History
  • Aesthetics
  • Cultural/interdisciplinary studies
  • Business of opera
  • Music and libretto composition
  • Production
  • Reception history
  • Performance practice

Articles should be in MLA (Modern Language Association) format. Information on this format can be found at An abstract of no more than 250 words should appear at the start of each contribution and an author biography of no more than 100 words should follow. Contributions not accepted for the Journal may be considered for inclusion on OPERA America's educational Web resource, the Learning Center.

Securing rights to any and all media (images, audio, video, librettos, music excerpts, etc.) is the sole responsibility of the author(s). Supplemental media should be submitted separately, on a disc, to the address below. Audio and video examples should be no longer than three minutes (roughly 3MB). Images should be in jpeg format with a minimum 300 dpi resolution. OPERA America can provide some guidance in acquiring media rights, however, it is recommended authors do their research. For more information, please visit The Harry Fox Agency, ASCAP, BMI or the U.S. Copyright Office.

Submissions should be sent via e-mail to in Microsoft Word format with minimal formatting. Supplemental materials can be sent to the attention of Melanie Feilotter, OPERA America, 330 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Consulting Editor
Michael Pisani, professor of music, Vassar College

Review Committee
Caryl Clark, associate professor, University of Toronto
Antonio C. Cuyler, assistant professor of arts management, Florida State University
Sean David Cooper, assistant professor of voice, Bowling Green State University
John Dizikes, author, Opera in America and professor emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ryan P. Jones, assistant professor of music, University of Wisconsin
Elise K. Kirk, author, American Opera
Ralph P. Locke, professor of musicology, Eastman School of Music
Michael McKelvey, associate professor and coordinator of music, St. Edward's University
Howard Pollack, professor of music, Moores School of Music, University of Houston
Katherine K. Preston, professor of music, The College of William and Mary
Pierre Ruhe, music critic

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Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.