What is libretto?

  • (noun): The words of an opera or musical play.


A libretto is the text used in, or intended for, an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata, or musical. The term libretto is also sometimes used to refer to the text of major liturgical works, such as Mass, requiem, and sacred cantata, or the story line of a ballet.

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Libretto - Publication of Libretti
... Printed scores for operas naturally contain the entire libretto, although there can exist significant differences between the score and the separately printed text ... involves the extra repetition of words or phrases from the libretto in the actual score ... dorma' from Puccini's Turandot, the final lines in the libretto are "Tramontate, stelle! All'alba, vincerò!" (Fade, you stars! At dawn, I will win!) ...
List Of Compositions By Darius Milhaud - Operas
... garée, Op.4 (1910–1914) 3 acts, 20 scenes libretto by Francis Jammes premiere 1923 Les euménides, Op.41 (1917–1923) L'Orestie d'Eschyle (Orestiean Trilogy No.3) 3 acts libretto by Paul Claudel ... premiere 1932 L'opéra du gueux, Op.171 (1937) ballad opera in 3 acts libretto by Henri Fluchère after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728) Médée, Op.191 (1938) 1 act, 3 scenes libretto by Madeleine Milhaud (h ...
List Of Operas By Handel - List of Works
... HWV Title Libretto Première date Première place, theatre Modern revival Notes 1 Almira (Der in Krohnen erlangte Glücks-Wechsel, oder Alimira, Königin ... SilvaniAfter Francesco Silvani's II duello d'Amore e di Vendetta Italian libretto 1707-11-00c, November 1707 Florence, Teatro di via del Cocomero 1984-00-001984, Innsbruck Some music is lost 6 Agrippina ... HaymNicola Francesco Haym, after Philippe Quinault's libretto for Thésée Italian libretto 1713-01-1010 January 1713 London, Queen's Theatre 1947-06-2929 June 1947 ...