Women in Music – Opera and Vocal

And So I Sing: African American Divas Of Opera and Concert by Rosalyn M Story. 2000. Harper, 272 pages.

Emblems of Eloquence: Opera and Women’s Voices in Seventeenth-Century Venice by Wendy Heller. 2004. University of California Press, 405 pages.

En Travesti: Women, Gender Subversion, Opera edited by Corrine Blackmer and Patricia Juliana Smith. 1995. Columbia University Press , 381 pages.

Opera for the People: English-Language Opera and Women Managers in Late 19th-Century America by Katherine K. Preston. 2017. Oxford University Press, 648 pages.

Opera, or the Undoing of Women by Catherine Clement (Author), Betsy Wing (Translator). 1999. University of Minnesota Press, 224 pages.

Siren Songs: Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Opera edited by Mary Ann Smart. 2000. Princeton University Press, 288 pages.

Voicing Gender: Castrati, Travesti, and the Second Woman in Early-Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera by Naomi André. 2006. Indiana University Press, 248 pages.

Women Opera Composers: Biographies from the 1500s to the 21st Century by Mary F. McVicker. 2016. McFarland, 283 pages.

Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai by Jin Jiang. 2009. University of Washington Press, 352 pages.

Women Writing Opera: Creativity and Controversy in the Age of the French Revolution by Jacqueline Letzter and Robert Adelson. 2001. University of California Press, 385 pages.

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson: A Singer’s Journey by Allan Keiler. 2002. University of Illinois Press, 464 pages.

My Lord, What a Morning: An Autobiography by Marian Anderson. 2002. University of Illinois Press [reprint], 352 pages.

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle: Dreams Can come True: Dreams Can Come True by Alice Montgomery. 2010. The Overlook Press, 256 pages.

The Woman I Was Born to Be: My Story by Susan Boyle. 2011. Atria Books, 336 pages.

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah Caldwell: The First Woman of Opera by Daniel Kessler. 2008. Scarecrow Press, 334 pages.

Maria Callas

Maria Callas: An Intimate Biography by Anne Edwards. 2017. St. Martin’s Griffin, 347 pages.

Maria Callas: The Woman behind the Legend by Arianna Huffington. 2002. Cooper Square Press, 418 pages.

Barbara Cook

Then and Now: A Memoir by Barbara Cook with Tom Santopietro. 2016. Harper [reprint], 236 pages.

Ruby Elzy

Black Diva of the Thirties: The Life of Ruby Elzy by David E. Weaver. 2009. University Press of Mississippi, 210 pages.

Renee Fleming

The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer by Renee Fleming. 2005. Penguin Books [reprint], 240 pages.

Barbara Hendricks

Lifting My Voice: A Memoir by Barbara Hendricks. 2014. Chicago Review Press, 532 pages.

Kathleen Howard

Confessions of an Opera Singer by Kathleen Howard. 2011. Amazon Digital Services LLC, 166 pages.

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins: The Life of the World’s Worst Opera Singer by Darryl W. Bullock. 2016. The Overlook Press, 208 pages.

Sissieretta Jones

Sissieretta Jones: “The Greatest Singer of Her Race,” 1868-1933 by Maureen D. Lee. 2012. University of South Carolina Press, 320 pages.


Understanding the Women of Mozart’s Operas by Kristi Brown-Montesano. 2007. University of California Press, 352 pages.

Jessye Norman

Stand Up Straight and Sing! by Jessye Norman. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 336 pages.

Sibyl Sanderson

The Sibyl Sanderson Story: Requiem for a Diva by Jack Winsor Hansen. 2005. Amadeus Press, 528 pages.

Beverly Sills

Beverly: An Autobiography by Beverly Sills with Lawrence Linderman. 1987. Bantam Books, 339 pages.

The Magic of Beverly Sills by Nancy Guy. 2015. University of Illinois Press, 272 pages.


Verdi, Opera, Women by Susan Rutherford. 2013. Cambridge University Press, 308 pages.

Shirley Verrett

I Never Walked Alone: The Autobiography of an American Singer by Shirley Verrett with Christopher Brooks. 2008. Wiley, 364 pages.

Deborah Voigt

Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva by Deborah Voigt. 2015. Harper [reprint], 293 pages.


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