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About The Opera Journal

The Opera Journal is a refereed online bi-annual journal published by the National Opera Association. Issues are published in June and December. Calls for Submissions will be made each January and June, with respective submission deadlines of March 1st and September 1st.

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 single articles
Purchase full issues

Editorial Staff

  • Christy Adams, University of Alabama
  • Joshua Neumann, Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
Chair of Research Committee
  • Caroline Schiller, Memorial University
Book Review Editor
  • Kathleen Roland-Silverstein, Syracuse University

Call for Submissions — The Opera Journal

Submissions are now being accepted for publication in The Opera Journal. Please submit your article no later than March 1, 2022, in order to be considered for publication in June 2022 or December 2022.  Research-based scholarly articles, as well as those of a practical nature, will be considered. For full submission guidelines, please see below.

Christy Adams and Joshua Neumann, Editors-in-Chief

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:
Christy Adams and Joshua Neumann, Editors-in-Chief



Christy Adams
Co-Editor, Opera Journal

Tuscaloosa, AL

Joshua Neumann
Co-Editor, Opera Journal

Mainz, Germany