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About The Opera Journal

The Opera Journal is a refereed online bi-annual scholarly journal published by the National Opera Association. In fitting with the NOA’s tradition of uniting performance and scholarship in the promotion of excellence in opera education and pedagogy, The Opera Journal is aimed at a broad and diverse readership of opera scholars and practitioners and dedicated to fostering opera scholarship that bridges the worlds of performance and musicology. In this unique space, it aims to enrich the artform, enhance operatic encounters for its readership, and complement extant academic, pedagogical, and industry publications.

Issues are published biannually, one each in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. Calls for Submissions are made each January and June, with respective submission deadlines on 1 April and 1 October.

Members may view journal issues here (active membership in NOA or subscription to The Opera Journal required).

Non-members may subscribe to gain access to The Opera Journal, or may purchase either single articles or full issues.


The Opera Journal welcomes both long (8,000-11,000 words) and short (4,000-6,000 words) submissions that focus on one or more of the following areas:


Articles in this category contribute new knowledge critically focusing on historical or contextual considerations, theoretical or analytical approaches, or a combination thereof. Studies related to opera or other forms of musical theater from any time period are acceptable, and subjects may include works, composers, librettists, publishers, patrons, performers, directors, designers, conductors, performance practice, or any other aspect of operatic creation, production, or circulation. Diverse, interdisciplinary, and innovative methodological approaches are welcome.


Articles in this category focus on applied research for teaching and producing opera. Examples include research reports on innovative methods or understandings in pedagogy (in any aspect of opera), new modes or considerations of technical aspects of producing opera (projection, lighting, remote/virtual participation), and dramaturgy.

The Opera Journal also welcomes reviews of up to 3,000 words. Subjects may be productions, books, textbooks, recordings, or scores (particularly new works or editions). Critical and evaluative perspectives are encouraged.

For questions about publishing in The Opera Journal, contact the Journal Administrator at 

Editorial Staff

Executive Editors
  • Christy Thomas Adams, University of Alabama
  • Joshua Neumann, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
Journal Administrator
  • Paul Houghtaling, University of Alabama
Chair of Research Committee
  • Caroline Schiller, Memorial University

Call for Submissions — The Opera Journal

Submissions are being accepted for publication in The Opera Journal. Deadlines for submission are April 1 and October 1 in order to be considered for publication in a forthcoming issue. Make-up of issues will be determined biannually after each deadline. For full submission guidelines, see below.

Christy Adams and Joshua Neumann, Executive Editors

Paul Houghtaling, Journal Administrator

Submission Guidelines

Submissions to The Opera Journal are subject to anonymous review. The Executive Editors make the final decision regarding publication.

Authors receive no remuneration for their submissions. Submissions should represent new work that has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration elsewhere.

Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Separate Word (.doc or .docx) files for text and works cited (not PDF). Text material should follow standard conventions of American English and use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font, double-spacing, and one-inch margins. Do not include the author(s)’s name(s) in the submitted files in order to facilitate the anonymous review process. Footnotes and the list of works cited should follow Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) guidelines. All footnotes should follow short-form guidelines.
  • Article submissions may fall into one of two length categories: long (8,000-11,000 words) and short (4,000-6,000 words), excluding footnotes. Review submissions should be up to 3,000 words.
  • Separate files for tables, figures, and musical examples (.jpg or .png), with the position of all tables, figures, and musical examples indicated in the text. All musical examples, figures, and tables should include captions. Upon acceptance, authors will be asked to supply all high-resolution files of any images at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, and musical examples in either Sibelius or Finale files (or any comparable music notation software that has the ability to export to MusicXML).
  • Any images or musical examples require proper written permission for their publication. (The author is responsible for any fees incurred in the acquiring of such permissions.) It is the author's responsibility to include acknowledgements as stipulated by particular institutions.
  • Include also a one-paragraph abstract of no more than 200 words conforming to RILM guidelines (see guidance here and here), along with up to five separate keywords. Academic abstracts typically include a clear statement of the topic and research question(s), contextualized within existing knowledge; a summary of the argument, evidence, and conclusions; and an explanation of why the topic and findings are important.
  • Upon acceptance, permissions to publish, author bio (150 words), and other materials may be requested.

Submit articles electronically to:

Articles and reviews are submitted electronically to the Journal Administrator at . The Administrator acts as an intermediary communicator with the Executive Editors in order to preserve anonymity in the initial stages of the review process. To that end, all questions and submissions should be directed to the Administrator and not to Dr. Adams or Dr. Neumann in order to maintain integrity and fairness. The Executive Editors will contact authors at the appropriate time in the review timeline.

Christy Thomas Adams and Joshua Neumann, Executive Editors

Submissions may be accepted or rejected with feedback supporting the decision, or the editors may request authors to revise and resubmit with suggestions for revision.

Send copies of materials to be reviewed to: Dr. Christy Thomas Adams, University of Alabama School of Music, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa AL, 35487-0366.


Executive Editors

Christy Adams
Executive Editor, Opera Journal

Tuscaloosa, AL

Joshua Neumann
Executive Editor, Opera Journal

Mainz, Germany