Author Bio

About Us

Burton D. Fisher is a former opera conductor and concert pianist who studied at the Mannes and Julliard schools. He has authored and published over 150 books related to specific operas and the art form in general. Opera Journeys Publishing has published Fisher’s Opera Classics Library Series; Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series; Opera Journeys Libretto Series, the popular college textbook, A History of Opera: Milestones and Metamorphoses; the Opera Classics Library Puccini Companion: the Glorious Dozen; Mozart’s Da Ponte Operas; and the annual Guide, Opera at Movie Theaters, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary year.

He is principal lecturer for the Opera Journeys Lecture Series at Florida International University, the series accredited for undergraduates by the FIU School of Music, and lectures monthly at many venues.

He is a commissioned author of Season Opera Guides and Program Notes for regional opera companies, translates librettos for new CD/DVD releases for SONY-BMG, and is a frequent opera commentator on National Public Radio.

The Opera Journeys Mini Guides Series and Opera Classics Library Series are also available through,, and through retail book stores nationwide.


that use/or adopt Opera Journeys’ publications:

Augusta Opera
Babson College
Baltimore Opera
Brigham Young University
Catawba College
Clark University
Cornell University
Eastern Kentucky University
El Paso Opera
Elon University
Fairfield University
George Mason University
Greensboro Opera
Hofstra University
Indiana University
Leeward College
llini Union
Loyola University
Milligan College
Millsaps College
Minneapolis Opera
North Carolina School of the Arts
Panola College
Philips College
Pittsburgh Opera
Redlands University
Rio Grande School
St. John’s University
Syracuse University
Toledo Opera
University of Arizona
University of Massachusetts
University of Minnesota
University of Mount Union
University of South Carolina
University of Waterloo
Winthrop University


“Your wonderful PUCCINI COMPANION was the perfect text for my course. The students, who are equally divided into singers and instrumentalists, all enjoyed and appreciated it.”
Prof. Valerie Whitcup, University of Miami

“I recently purchased the eBook version of your guide to Cosi fan tutte for my company, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop, and I found it invaluable. The background information, the analysis and the superb translation made it my constant companion while directing the opera. I will recommend your work to everyone I know! Thank you so much…”
Nina Scott-Stoddart, Halifax Summer Opera Workshop; Halifax, Canada


“Florida Grand Opera congratulates Burton Fisher on his publication of Opera Journeys which explores our 1999-2000 season. It is through publications and education classes such as the Opera Journeys Lecture Series that so many members of our community are introduced to this exciting art form. Bravo, Mr. Fisher!”
Robert M. Heuer, General Director, Florida Grand Opera