Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
  • n. A book containing such a text.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The text of a dramatic musical work, such as an opera.
  • n. A book containing such a text.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A book containing the words of an opera or extended piece of music.
  • n. The words themselves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A book containing the words of an extended musical composition, like an opera or an oratorio.
  • n. The words themselves of such a work; the text.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the words of an opera or musical play

Etymologies

Italian, diminutive of libro, book, from Latin liber, libr-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian, diminutive of libro ("book"), from Latin liber ("book"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Intermezzo," for which the composer wrote his own libretto, is a far more overtly autobiographical work than "A Quiet Place."

    'A Quiet Place,''Intermezzo' Show NYC Opera At Its Best

  • The libretto is available here, while all the vocal tracks can be accessed for download through this shared folder.

    Nowhere Town: Libretto and Soundtrack

  • The libretto is both obvious and at points outright silly.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • The libretto is from Norwegian author John Fosse and is based on the first part of his novel of the same name.

    La Belle Hélène

  • Adams and director Peter Sellars adapted the libretto from the poetry of A.R. Ramanujan and the story concerns a legend from Southern India about a young woman, Kumudha, with a magical power to transform herself into a flowering tree.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • The libretto is by Stephen Andrew Taylor and Kate Gale, with input from me.

    hughstimson.org » Blog Archive » A Le Guinish Opera?

  • Unfortunately, outside of this, the libretto is somewhat hard to hold onto.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • However, the libretto is in English, which helps, and it is a familiar story so it is more accessible to me than other things.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • Setting this libretto is Austrian Georg Friederich Haas.

    La Belle Hélène

  • A novel that I’m reading in part due to my upcoming summer European excursion where the novel will serve as the inspiration for a new opera from Georg Friedrich Haas, Melancholia, with a libretto from the author that will premiere at the Palais Garnier on June 9.

    Passing it on

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