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Italian, and opera question

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I'm learning Italian for an upcoming trip to Italy, and after about a month, I realized I might start to be able to listening to opera, if I learned the proper words. Now I'm not to that point, I just realized hey there will be a point that I don't need subtitles anymore. My question is, how do I go about finding the words I need to be able to understand it properly? Just listen for them, or is there a common opera phrase book lying around someplace I could pick up? I have noticed that singing is a good deal harder to hear than just spoken, in any language, are there any tips for listening?
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Be careful about getting complete sets of operas on CD . Most of them include a booklet with the synopsis, the original libretto and a side-by-side English translation , but not all do . Particularly the
budget recordings of live performances which were pirated long ago on smaller indepepndent labels .
But the major labels such as Decca, EMI, RCA, Sony Classical, DG and Philips etc, usually do have the booklet and translation .
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