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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

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Though footnotes noting where the libretto is an exact quote or a paraphrase of its original literary source are present, Faust/Romeo Et Juliette is far more than a simple scholarly or literary reference; it is intended especially for anyone determined to faithfully produce, conduct, or perform Gounod's great operas regardless of their level of fluency in French, and to this end includes literary source footnotes and essays explaining the development of the libretti.
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