Central Opera Service
- John Shepard
Organization founded in 1954 by Eleanor Belmont and sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Its 2000 members included opera companies and workshops, professionals involved with opera, and interested individuals. It provided information about performance material and repertory, and offered a wide range of services including advising on organization, public relations, and fund-raising techniques. From 1959 it published a bulletin (quarterly from 1971–2), several complete issues of which consist of important directories: Opera Companies and Workshops in the United States and Canada (annually from 1962), Directory of American Contemporary Operas (1967 and supplements), Directory of English Opera Translations (3/1974 and supplements), Directory of Operas and Publishers (1976), Career Guide for the Young American Singer (3/1978 and quarterly addenda), and Directory of Sets and Costumes for Rent: Operas—Operettas—Musicals (3/1979 and annual addenda). The service ceased operations in October 1990; its information and research functions are continued by ...