A repertoire (/ˈrɛpərˌtwɑːr/[1]) is a list or set of dramas, operas, musical compositions or roles which a company or person is prepared to perform.[2]

See also: Repertory theater or Repertoire (disambiguation).

Musicians often have a musical repertoire. The first known use of the word "repertoire" was in 1847.[2] It is a loan word from the French language, as "répertoire", with a similar meaning in the arts. The origin of the word is from the Late Latin word "repertorium".[2]

The concept of a basic repertoire has been extended to refer to groups which focus mainly on performing standard works, as in repertory theater or repertoire ballet.[3]

See also

  • setlist – a list of works for a specific performance
  • playlist – a list of works available to play
  • signature song – a musical composition most associated with a performer as well as


  1. Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach; James Hartmann; Jane Setter (eds.), English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2
  2. "Repertoire - Definition and More", Free Merriam-Webster, 2012, web: MW.
  3. "American Ballet Theatre - Repertory Archive",, 2010, webpage: ABT.
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