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li·bret·to

 (lĭ-brĕt′ō)
n. pl. li·bret·tos or li·bret·ti (-brĕt′ē)
1. The text of a dramatic musical work such as an opera, including the lyrics to be sung and sometimes interpolated spoken passages.
2. A book containing such a text.

[Italian, diminutive of libro, book, from Latin liber, libr-, inner bark of trees used as a writing material, book.]

libretto

(lɪˈbrɛtəʊ)
n, pl -tos or -ti (-tiː)
(Classical Music) a text written for and set to music in an opera, etc
[C18: from Italian, diminutive of libro book]

li•bret•to

(lɪˈbrɛt oʊ)

n., pl. -bret•tos, -bret•ti (-ˈbrɛt i)
the text of an opera or similar work.
[1735–45; < Italian, diminutive of libro book < Latin liber; see -et]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libretto - the words of an opera or musical play
playscript, script, book - a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

libretto

noun words, book, lines, text, script, lyrics the author of one or two opera librettos
Translations
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libretto

[lɪˈbretəʊ] N (librettos or libretti (pl)) [lɪˈbretiː]libreto m

libretto

[lɪˈbrɛtəʊ] n [opera] → livret m

libretto

nLibretto nt

libretto

[lɪˈbrɛtəʊ] nlibretto
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He halted in the district where by night are found the lightest streets, hearts, vows and librettos.
She further outlines in general the state of sources for the operas--most of the primary sources are found in the Contarini Collection in the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice--as well as the editorial challenges faced due to the brevity of the musical notation (often on two staves, with a sparsely figured bass line, with some passages for strings), as well as the importance of various librettos to the editorial process.
The "real" exhibit was matched by a "virtual" one, improving the range of pages and volumes on show; it included a projection with music, devoted to librettos and vocal scores covers.
2 and Josephus, was written (as the librettos dedication makes explicit) to celebrate the defeat of the Jacobite rebellion of 1745-46, the final armed attempt in Britain to remove the ruling Protestant Hanoverians and restore the exiled Catholic Stuart monarchy.
Wards justifies her pure-libretto approach on the basis that "the librettos still yield plentiful information about the onstage 'textual practice' of China operas" (23), and by deploying ancient, no longer sustainable, arguments on the superiority of the text over music.
This collection of librettos for Mozart's seven immortal operas provides the reader with a new look at the textual inspiration for the master composer's creations.
More proof that these were arias from Vivaldi's Argippo was provided by analysis of all the known librettos on this theme.
A native of Nova Scotia, he previously wrote the librettos for Beatrice Chancy (1999), to music by James Rolfe, and Quebecite (2003), to music by Jackson.
In the meantime, McClatchy, the out poet who is also editor of The Yale Review, has penned librettos for a dozen other American operas.
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He penned the librettos for George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, La Chatte, and Cotillon, co-founded with Balanchine the short-lived Ballets 1933, and later helped Roland Petit launch Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees, which he served in its infancy as artistic director.
This approach is timely: too often opera seria librettos are lumped together and dismissed as a debased amalgam of complex and baffling if not incomprehensible plots and stilted verse employing the same images and similes over and over again.