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

Definition of librettist

: the writer of a libretto

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Recent Examples on the Web As a librettist, Tohe writes for oratorios and operas. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Writing was her dream. Now the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation is paying it forward," 16 June 2020 Anthony’s cousin is the great Thulani Davis, the pioneering librettist and interdisciplinary artist who has done important work. Daniel King, The New Yorker, "Sonny Rollins on the Pandemic, Protests, and Music," 11 June 2020 In 1825, with the backing of Lorenzo da Ponte (the librettist for Mozart’s three great comic operas, then teaching Italian at Columbia), Garcia was the first to bring Italian opera to New York City. Ian Bostridge, The New York Review of Books, "When Turgenev Did the Cancan," 29 Apr. 2020 In memory: Playwright and librettist Terrence McNally dies at 81 from coronavirus. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: New York’s huge outbreak — California’s close call or its future?," 25 Mar. 2020 But properly understood, Figaro, like all the collaborations of Mozart and the librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte, belongs alongside the plays of Shakespeare as one of the great works of Western civilization. Nicholas M. Gallagher, National Review, "Figaro in Kentucky," 21 Mar. 2020 The book’s popularity endures, serving as the basis for numerous movies, a PBS miniseries, a (less successful) Broadway musical starring Sutton Foster as Jo and even a two-act opera by the American composer-librettist Mark Adamo. cleveland, "Follow the footsteps of ‘Little Women’ on a pilgrimage in Massachusetts," 16 Feb. 2020 At first, the librettist, Tazewell Thompson, resisted. New York Times, "Review: Police Violence Reaches Opera in ‘Blue’," 2 Aug. 2019 Composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer previously teamed up to create the opera Everest, premiered by the Dallas Opera in 2015. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Dallas Opera announces world premiere, new productions for 2020-21," 23 Jan. 2020

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Librettist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: a person who writes a libretto

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