Lina Cavalieri: The Life of Opera’s Greatest Beauty, 1874-1944  (co-authored with Olga Usova) Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co, 2004. ISBN 0-7864-1685-8.

In Hollywood with Nemirovich-Danchenko, 1926-1927 (The Memoirs of Sergei Bernsson) (co-authored with Anna Shoulgat).  Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press Inc., 2004.  ISBN 0-8108-4988-7.

“Bertensson, assistant to Nemirovich-Danchenko, cofounder of the Moscow Art Theatre and rival of method acting innovator Stanislavsky, met his employer in Hollywood as the company toured the US in the late 1920s. Fryer…introduces this unique record of the transition period from silent to talking pictures. His diary is replete with references to well-known actors and directors. ” (Reference and Research Book News).

The Opera Singer and The Silent Film. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co, 2005. ISBN 0-7864-2065-0

“a well-documented study… succeeds in showing not only the extent to which opera culture influenced the cinema… but also the ways that the participation of opera stars in the cinema altered the understanding of operatic performance.” (James Buhler, Cambridge Opera Journal)

“extremely thorough and readable” (Richard Fawkes, Music, Sound and the Moving Image, Autumn, 2009)

Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists, Writers and Performers. Jefferson, N.C., McFarland and Co. Inc, 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6075-5

Opera in the Media Age: Essays on Art, Technology and Popular Culture. Jefferson, N.C., McFarland and Co. Inc., 2014. ISBN 978-0-7864-7329-8, ebook – ISBN 978-1-4766-1620-9.

“Original and thought-provoking…an exciting contribution to modern literature on opera”. (James L. Zychowicz, ARSC Journal, Spring 2015).

A Chronology of Opera Performances at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, 1860-1917.  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 200.  ISBN 978-0-77343853-8

“an important resource for all those interested in studying the details of one of the most significant institutions in the cultural life of late imperial Russia.” (Philip Ross Bullock, The Slavonic and East European Review)

“a substantial contribution to the library of opera-house chronologies… definitive work…  a “must-have” for collectors of opera house and singer books” (Charles Mintzer,

“. . . the first, essential tool towards research on this extraordinary institution.” (Dr. Noelle Mann, Goldsmiths University of London).

“This book represents an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of operatic history.” (Prof. Stanley Henig, Managing Director, Historic Masters Ltd.).

Stanislavski on Stage.  (co-edited with Kathy Dacre)  Sidcup, Kent: Rose Bruford College, 2008.  ISBN 978-1-903454-01-5.

Eleonora Duse and Cenere (Ashes): Centennial Essays. (co-edited with Maria Pia Pagani). Jefferson, N.C., McFarland and Co. Inc., 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4766-6375-3
ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2782-3.

The Composer on Screen: Essays on Classical Music Biopics, Jefferson, N.C., McFarland and Co. Inc., 2018. ISBN 978-0-7864-9965-6, ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-3204-9.

“… informative and thought-provoking. It will send both movie and music aficionados searching for these films to experience and re-experience.” (

Viktor Simov: Stanislavsky’s Designer, Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.  ISBN 978-1-138-36651-0, ebook ISBN 9780429430251.

“Fryer’s notes provide judicious and accessible clarifications … highly recommended to theatre designers, directors, historians, and indeed to anyone interested in the remarkable story of the MAT”. (Colin Ellwood, Stanislavski Studies, 8.2, 2020)


Articles & Chapters:

“Opera, the Singer and the Silent Cinema” in The Silents Majority, October 1997.

“The Prima Donna War”, monograph, Massenet Society, London, October 1997.

“The Prima Donna War” (revised) in The Record Collector, September 1998.

“Enrico Caruso, the Reluctant Movie Star” in Griffithiana, April 1999.

“Caruso on Film”, in Opera News, November 2000.

“Lina Cavalieri, The Life of Opera’s Greatest Beauty”, in The Arts Live, Spring 2004.

“Opera”, in The Encyclopaedia of Early Cinema (ed. Richard Abel), Routledge (2005).

“Edward Albee”, “The Zoo Story”, “Three Tall Women” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in The Encyclopaedia of Modern Drama, Columbia University Press (2007).

“The Life of Richard Wagner (1912)”, in Wagner and Cinema (eds. Gilman & Joe), Indiana University Press, 2010.

“Research and Engagement in the Performing Arts: The Stanislavski Centre” in What is research led teaching: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives, CREST, London (2012)

“Happy Birthday Mr Stanislavski” in Theatre and Performance, #8, Summer 2013.

“Verdi, the BioPic and the birth of silent screen opera”, in Verdi on Screen, L’Age D’Homme, Lausanne, 2016.

“Strauss and the silent Der Rosenkavalier: Creating a Substitute for Dreams”, in Music on Stage Vol.2 (eds. F. J. Schopf and L. Campos), Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

“Collaborative research and doctoral programmes: developing an international strategy”, in Current Challenges in Doctoral Theatre Research, JAMU, Brno, 2017.

“Richard Hornby, In memoriam” (editor) in Stanislavski Studies, Vol.6, No.2, Taylor and Francis, November 2018.

“Opera” in The Methuen Drama Encyclopedia of Modern Theatre. London: Methuen Drama, 2020.

“Stanislavsky and Chekhov” in Theatre Histories (4th ed.), Abingdon: Routledge (forthcoming)

“Paul Fryer’s look at Carl Froelich’s 1913 movie The Life and Works of Richard Wagner pieces together documentary evidence and surviving film elements to offer an intriguing description of the early German biopic.” (Opera News, September 2010)