li·​bret·​tist | \lə-ˈbre-tist \

Definition of librettist 

: the writer of a libretto

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Among other additions, librettist David Henry Hwang inserted a new character, Josephine, Danny’s (fictional) high-school friend, who represents a contemporary Asian stereotype—the academic striver—that Danny doesn’t want to be. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘An American Soldier’ and ‘Regina’ Reviews: Prejudice and Power," 12 June 2018 This was a project that lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II quietly tinkered with for years before his breakthrough collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers, Oklahoma! David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 The bride, 29, is a musical theater lyricist and the groom, also 29, is a librettist. New York Times, "Christyn Budzyna, Charles Cohen," 10 June 2018 The Feminist Rodeo Opera,’ said Cohen, who is collaborating with her sister, librettist Megan Cohen, on the project. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "Two women and 207,000 baguettes. Here's what else is new on the 'Frontiers' opera scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Apr. 2018 There is biographical significance in that Reid is from Oak Ridge, a small town in Tennessee, and her librettist, Sarah LaBrie, grew up in Houston. Mark Swed,, "From 19th Century Memphis to modern-day L.A.: Master Chorale time-travels through 'dreams of the new world'," 15 May 2018 The chorus refused to sing, the police were called and the librettist was arrested in the melee. Mark Swed,, "Four radical and radically original pieces of music that blew up the modernist status quo in 1968," 21 Apr. 2018 Of course, the historical subject of Joan of Arc was for Verdi and his librettist both distant and not. Jeremy Eichler,, "Odyssey wraps its Joan of Arc season with Verdi rarity," 8 Apr. 2018 The other four are from male composers and librettists. Punch Shaw, star-telegram, "Two women and 207,000 baguettes. Here's what else is new on the 'Frontiers' opera scene | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 Apr. 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes a libretto

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