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Style Guideline > ClassicalStyleGuide > Opera Tracks

This StyleGuideline describes how Opera Tracks should be formatted:

opera_name[, catalogue ###]: Act XX[, Scene XX]. [performance_type] "name_of_the_song" [(character1, character2, ...)]

All the parts in brackets are optional, but if they are mentioned on the printed cover, they should be included. The catalogue number is traditionally not included (but this StyleGuide allows for it). The performance_type can be: Aria, Duettino, Recitativo... The name_of_the_song is usually the first words of the part; the number of words used can vary from one release to another.

Simple Examples

Full details including catalogue number, performance type, and character names:

  • Don Giovanni, Op. 500: Act I, Scene III. Duettino "La ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)

Somewhere in the middle:

  • Don Giovanni, Op. 500: Act I, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)
  • Don Giovanni, Op. 500: Act I, Scene III. Duettino "La ci darem la mano"
  • Don Giovanni, Op. 500: Act I, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano"
  • Don Giovanni: Act I, Scene III. Duettino "La ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)
  • Don Giovanni: Act I, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano" (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)
  • Don Giovanni: Act I, Scene III. Duettino "La ci darem la mano"

Bare essentials, without catalogue number, performance type, or character names:

  • Don Giovanni: Act I, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano"

Special case: the Prelude or instrumental parts:

  • Don Giovanni: Act III. Prelude
  • Don Giovanni: Act III, Scene II. An Instrumental Part

Complex Examples

Another part in the same scene:

  • Don Giovanni: Act IV, Scene II. "La ci darem la mano" - "Another song in the same scene"
  • Don Giovanni: Act IV, Scene II. An Instrumental Part - "La ci darem la mano"

Another part in a different scene:

  • Don Giovanni: Act III, Scene I. "La ci darem la mano" / Act III, Scene II. "Another song in a different scene"
  • Don Giovanni: Act III, Scene I. "La ci darem la mano" / Act III, Scene II. An Instrumental Part in a Different Scene

Another part in a different act:

  • Don Giovanni: Act II, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano" / Act III, Scene I. "Another song in a different act"
  • Don Giovanni: Act II, Scene III. "La ci darem la mano" / Act III. Prelude

Here is an example where the Acts were not mentioned on the cover: http://musicbrainz.org/show/release/?releaseid=551121

The story of how we reached an agreement on this style is here: HistoryOfOperaTrackStyle