Deciphering the Opera

Collection development is often a challenge. There's a perpetual tug of war between acquisition of popular items we know will circulate and rounding out the classics. When one ventures into music collection development, this is even harder. Most daunting of all can be starting anew, which often happens with music and gaming.

Fear not! Luckily New York's Metropolitan Opera ( has a model season. One can do worse than visiting the site and copying shamelessly, or checking one's collection against next year's offerings. While these might not hit the best performers, they certain highlight many of opera's must haves.

As always, amazon's wishlist is a great way to get the word out on what you would like on your shelves, but might not have the budget to put there.