Definition of libretto
1 : the text of a work (such as an opera) for the musical theater
2 : the book containing a libretto
Recent Examples of libretto from the Web
The libretto, in fact, wasn’t finished until March, which makes the final gestation of the piece incredibly fast by operatic standards.
The opera unfolds in 13 scenes over two acts to a vivid libretto by Hilary Blecher and Migdalia Cruz.
The musical’s libretto is adapted from a 70-page sliver of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and set to an electropop opera score.
Opera Maine will produce one-act chamber operas featuring librettos by the region’s youths.
Whole stretches of Mr. Kushner’s arresting dialogue, afire with political diatribes, are gone from the opera’s compact English libretto.
Glam rock always has a story to tell, and has that powerful voice with a little hint of libretto.
Features the music of one of America’s foremost composers, Ned Rorem, and a libretto by American poet J.D. McClatchy.
The second half of the concert-length piece features a libretto by Mitchell sung with gospelized fervor and intensity by Avery R. Young, with lyrics that extend beyond the work's story line to address a more general conflict.
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Origin and Etymology of libretto
Italian, diminutive of libro book, from Latin libr-, liber
First Known Use: 1742See Words from the same year
LIBRETTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of libretto for English Language Learners
: the words of an opera or musical
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