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 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 Abrahamsen and his co-librettist, Henrik Engelbrecht, hew more closely than most of their predecessors to the Andersen original. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Opera Against the Patriarchy," 30 Dec. 2019 Le Dernier Sorcier, composed by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910) with librettist Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883) is a fairy tale with a significant twist in who gets to steer the moral ship. Amy Lorette Damron Kyle, Quartz, "The feminist reboot opera deserves," 20 Dec. 2019 This involves not only a new look at beloved classics but the overdue discovery of works by female composers and librettists who reject or transform the rigid model for women. Amy Lorette Damron Kyle, Quartz, "The feminist reboot opera deserves," 20 Dec. 2019

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1862, in the meaning defined above

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“Librettist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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: a person who writes a libretto

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