American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The author of a libretto.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A writer of librettos; one who writes the words for an extended musical composition.
- n. The person who writes a libretto.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who makes a libretto.
- n. author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
“GO: Yes - the librettist is my brother, Ruben Ortiz.”
“Brooks works closely with collaborators, such as librettist Thomas Meehan and director-choreographer Susan Stroman, much like author Mary Shelley, whose 1818 gothic novel, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, came out of a ghost-story writing contest with Lord Byron and other 19th-century intellectuals.”
“Of his new handle "librettist," Shanley told Playbill Radio, "It's a really interesting job and it's a really interesting art form.”
“In "The Scottsboro Boys," Messrs. Kander and Ebb (who died in 2004 while writing the musical) and David Thompson, the show's librettist, have compressed this complicated sequence of events into a lengthy one-act musical that makes use of all the theatrical conventions of the old-fashioned blackface minstrel shows that were popular well into the 20th century.”
“Rands has found an ideal partner in J.D. McClatchey, a renowned poet with a strong if somewhat melancholy voice, but who as a librettist has used his command of language to select and render fit for musical setting the texts of others he is not the editor of the Yale Review for nothing!”
“As a librettist, McClatchy has often done adaptations, working with Ned Rorem on Wilder's Our Town also a Jacobs School production and on The Magic Flute.”
“To be present at Indiana University for the world premiere of Vincent, a powerfully affecting opera by composer Bernard Rands and librettist J. D. McClatchy, is to remember again why Wagner insisted that "the highest perfection is reserved for the musically arranged drama.”
“Pascal Victor/ ArtComArt Jeanne Zaepffel in 'A Magic Flute' at the Barbican LONDON—Is it possible to get to the essence of Mozart and his librettist Emanuel Schikaneder's opera "Die Zauberflöte"?”
“Composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman repeatedly claimed that their purpose in the production was to afford equal voice to both Palestinian and Israeli suffering.”
“The New York Times piece quickly garnered criticism for the revival's team; via a letter to the editor Stephen Sondheim offered a vitriolic bashing of the statements director Diane Paulus, new librettist Suzan-Lori Parks and star Audra McDonald made in the article.”
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