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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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libretto

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

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

[lɪˈbrɛtəʊ] n [opera] → livret m
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libretto

nLibretto nt
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libretto

[lɪˈbrɛtəʊ] nlibretto
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He halted in the district where by night are found the lightest streets, hearts, vows and librettos.
The libretto of his favorite opera, as written by Aristophanes, is brief, simple and effective -- "brekekex-koax"; the music is apparently by that eminent composer, Richard Wagner.
Catalog information for the librettos and the few scores that survive in the Chigi Collection at the Vatican is also provided.
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.
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.
Hence great weight is thrown on the librettos. 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.