Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library - Detroit Opera

The Allesee Dance and Opera Resource Library is the official library and archive for Detroit Opera, and specializes in research materials specific to dance, opera, and Detroit Opera's forty-eight year history.

Founded in 2007 with a generous gift from Robert and Maggie Allesee, Detroit Opera is currently continuing to open its resources to the public, including books, scores, CDs, videos, and hundreds of unique items from the history of Detroit Opera productions. From performance reviews, to photographs, to an immense recording collection, Detroit Opera is proud to offer this unique resource online.

As part of an Institute of Library and Museum Services Grant titled, "Educating the 21st Century Fine and Performing Arts Librarian," Detroit Opera interns have developed a unique online archival catalog that makes available the entire Detroit Opera archive - as well as searchable database of all performances. With assistance from the Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science, the library is currently cataloging and digitizing the Detroit Opera archives, both helping to preserve the history of dance and opera in Michigan, and provide experience to the next generation of information professionals.

Online Resources

This library has three different types of databases available, the library catalog, scanned archival items, and our performance history.

Performance Collection

Detroit Opera Performance Images

The performance images collection contains imagery from the Detroit Opera performance history. This is hosted in partnership with the Wayne State University Libraries.


Library Catalog

The library catalog contains all commercial items, including dance and opera books, dance videos, cd's, LP's, and librettos.

PAST Performance Search

Performance Search

Our performance search contains all Detroit Opera performances, including opera and dance events, and has names of all of the performers.

Program Collection

Program Collection

A collection of every program book for all performances, ranging from 1962 to the present season.

Michigan eLibrary

The Michigan eLibrary (MeL) has full text versions of Opera News and Dance Magazine available for all Michigan residents, along with other related titles. While Detroit Opera holds extensive print collections of Opera News and Dance Magazine, the full database is available online.

Contact Us
If you have additional questions, please free free to contact the Library Director, Dr. Tim Lentz.