Scope and Content

A collection of around 4000 scores, primarily of Bel Canto operas from the nineteenth century. Includes many first and early editions, as well as autograph manuscripts Donizetti, Mercadante, Mayr, Pacini and other early manuscripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

The collection of scores was amassed by the founder's of Opera Rara, Patric Schmid and Don White.


The scores are catalogued in full in the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama library catalogue (available at: ) and can be searched using the drop down menu to specify "Foyle Opera Rara Collection".