About the Opera Journal

The Opera Journal is a refereed online bi-annual journal published by the National Opera Association in cooperation with West Texas A&M University. Issued are published in June and December. Members may view journal issues here (external link).

Editorial Staff

  • Amanda Johnston, University of Mississippi
Associate Editors
  • Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Syracuse University
  • Caroline Schiller, Memorial University
Book Review Editor
  • Anthony P. Radford, California State University, Fresno
Editorial Board
  • Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, Penn State Altoona
  • Ann Marie Daehn, Missouri State University
  • Andrea Garritano, Washburn University
  • Carleen Graham, Houston Grand Opera
  • Kristin Kenning, Samford University
  • Mitra Sadeghpour, University of Northern Iowa
  • Maurice Wheeler, University of North Texas

Submission Guidelines

The Opera Journal welcomes submissions on all subjects related to opera including 1) history and literature; 2) opera composers, directors, conductors, singers, designers; 3) opera pedagogy; 4) related skills/components, e.g., acting, vocal technique, movement; 5) costume or lighting design; 6) practical research; 7) performance.

Articles submitted to The Opera Journal are subject to peer review via the Editorial Board and Associate Editors. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision regarding publication.

Authors receive no remuneration for their submissions. It is assumed that the submitted article has not been published in another journal, nor is currently under consideration elsewhere.

Articles should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • single spaced, Times New Roman 12pt, Microsoft Word
  • 10–25 pages in length (5000–13000 words)
  • format according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition
  • use endnotes, submitted as separate document (not formatted within body)
  • include works cited (not bibliography), submitted as separate document
  • have a well-supported argument with a clear thesis statement
  • submit all figures, charts, tables and images as separate TIFF/JPG/PDF files
  • create musical examples in either Finale or Sibelius, saved at high resolution
  • include a 150-word biography
  • include signed Permission to Publish form
  • do not include the author's name within the article itself in order to facilitate an anonymous outside review process

Music examples that make up more than five percent of the work from which they are taken require permission from the publisher to reproduce. All required letters of permission must accompany the author's submission to the journal. Further, sources for all music examples must be cited in endnotes.

Download Permission Form

Submit articles electronically to:
Amanda Johnston, Editor-in-Chief