li·​bret·​tist | \ lə-ˈbre-tist How to pronounce librettist (audio) \

Definition of librettist

: the writer of a libretto

Examples of librettist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 2016 opera by composer Paola Prestini and librettist-performer Rinde Eckert is being presented as part of San Diego Opera’s Detour Series of edgier, nontraditional work. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 Dean and his librettist, Matthew Jocelyn, finesse the problem with a strategy of self-consciousness. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 But about 10 years ago, Dean put aside his reservations and began to tackle the play, with Matthew Jocelyn by his side as librettist. New York Times, 15 May 2022 The film stars soprano and actress Gianna Corbisiero at Giuseppina; actress Francesca Cellini as the Verdis’ adopted daughter, Maria; J. Anthony Crane as opera librettist Francesco Maria Piav; and Serena Barbacetto as Teresa Stoltz. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2022 Donizetti, thoroughly uninterested in the details of history, and his librettist, Salvadore Cammarano, made the novel’s political and religious conflicts almost entirely personal. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 The composer and librettist is MacArthur Fellow and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 18 Mar. 2022 Composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister wrote the work in 1938, and it was first performed at a Jewish orphanage in Prague. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Mar. 2022 Spratt Pearce also has worked closely with Bush to seamlessly integrate the choreography with the dialogue, since the songs by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman help advance librettist Terrence McNally’s plot. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of librettist

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Librettist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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