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Word: libretto

Definition: text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book

Sentences Containing 'libretto'

1984 is an opera by the American conductor and composer Lorin Maazel, with a libretto by J. D. McClatchy and Thomas Meehan.
Although noting it as "a French drama", Verdi was referring to Scribe's libretto, and this became the source of Somma's libretto.
Amahl and the Night Visitors is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti with an original English libretto by the composer.
An opera by Antonio Cagnoni based on the same libretto and entitled "Don Bucefalo" premiered in Milan in 1847.
Another notable characteristic of the song is the numerous amount of times that that the word "good" appears in the libretto.
As a poet, he is best known for writing the libretto for Vincenzo Bellini's opera, "I puritani".
At first, Verdi wanted the libretto returned, but Jacovacci's persistence prevailed, and it was found that the censors did not insist on such dramatic changes as originally had been thought possible.
Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander), the librettist of the secular cantata BWV 30a, has been proposed as the author of the libretto for the church cantata.
Crozier's libretto paints a dramatically bold portrait of the saint's character, exaggerating the legends and glory that have accumulated over the centuries around Nicholas's story.
Despite the lack of drama or strong characterisation in the libretto, Bizet managed to overcome those weaknesses with strongly evocative music.
Finally, in 1902, both the music and the libretto were composed by club members, setting the "Bohemian grove-play as a distinct genre of stage art."
Garfein also composed the music and libretto for an opera based on the Tom Stoppard play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead".
Gustavo III is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto begun in early 1857 by the Italian playwright Antonio Somma.
He completed his first opera, "Miranda", still unpublished, for which he also wrote the libretto based on a novel by Antonio Fogazzaro in 1896.
Hindemith considered commissioning author Gottfried Benn to write the libretto, but wound up doing it himself.
However, following the death in 2008 of Anthony Minghella who was to have written the libretto, the premiere was postponed to 2014.
However, Somma insisted that his name be changed on the libretto to "Tommaso Anoni".
In 1922, Marcelli wrote the music for a Grove Play entitled "The Rout of the Philistines", a libretto written by Charles Gilman Norris.
In the Hassall version, the action of Act 3 differs greatly from the original libretto: The Act takes place at Maxim's.
Initial preparation of the "Gustavo III" libretto.
It premiered on 10 August 2008 at the Glyndebourne Festival. The libretto is based on the novel "Of Love and Other Demons" (1994) by Gabriel García Márquez.
Love and Other Demons is an opera in two acts by Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös to a libretto by the Hungarian author Kornél Hamvai.
Medea is an opera in three acts composed by Giovanni Pacini to a libretto by Benedetto Castiglia.
Mireille is an 1864 opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Michel Carré after Frédéric Mistral's poem "Mireio".
Modiste is an operetta in two acts composed by Victor Herbert with a libretto by Henry Blossom.
Monteverdi also composed the opera "L'Arianna" (to another libretto by Rinuccini) and the music for the prologue to Guarini's play "L'idropica" for the occasion.
Once again, Somma refused to have his name appear on the libretto.
One English-language libretto is by Phil Park, which was adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer.
Peter Ibbetson is an opera in three acts by American composer Deems Taylor from a libretto by Constance Collier and Deems Taylor based on the 1891 novel by George du Maurier.
Richard Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" takes place near Sandvika (spelled "Sandwike" in the German libretto).
The Inman Diaries is an opera composed by Thomas Oboe Lee with a libretto by Jesse J. Martin.
The libretto (English-Spanish-Nahuatl) is a blend of historical and literary sources drawn from transcriptions of indigenous and European literature, both kept, with some exceptions, in their original languages.
The libretto for the Ekaterinburg production was translated into Russian by award-winning Russian playwright and poet Arkadij Zastyrets.
The libretto has a relatively modern satirical edge and draws on the political cabaret that was a feature of radical Vienna, Berlin and Munich at the time.
The libretto is based on the plays "Medea" by Euripides and "Médée" by Pierre Corneille.
The libretto was written by Craig Raine and based on "The Last Summer" and "Spectorsky", two semi-autobiographical works by Boris Pasternak who appears as a narrator in the opera.
The libretto was written by Ferdinand Sporck, a friend of the composer, after a play by August Ernst Steigentesch.
The music was composed by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán with a libretto by Julius Brammer and Alfred Grünwald.
The music, lyrics and libretto were written by Tim Brewster and are available for both professional and amateur production.
The opera uses a Russian libretto by Vera Kupriyanova and the composer which is based upon the story of the same name by Nikolai Gogol.
The other English-language libretto, by Christopher Hassall, was based on the edition by Ludwig Doblinger, Vienna.
The plot of "Roberto Devereux" was hardly original, mainly derived from Felice Romani's libretto "Il Conte d'Essex" of 1833, originally set by Saverio Mercadante.
The Prodigal Son is an opera by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by William Plomer.
The Sire is responsible for producing the script and libretto of the Grove Play, and the musical Sire composes the music.
The story adheres closely to that of the original libretto, unlike the 1936 version.
The titles of each of the dances/scenes come from the published libretto and the program of the premiere of the 1895 revival, most differing from the titles of the original score.
This based on the famous play by Edmond Rostand and composed to the French libretto by Henri Cain.
Verdi sent the libretto of the opera under the name of "Gustavo III", which at that point was identical to "Una vendetta" but with the original setting and names restored.
Verdi was surprised: "In Rome they allow "Gustavo III" as a spoken play but won't allow a libretto on the same subject. Very strange!"
When Jacovacci, impresario of the Teatro Apollo (where "Il trovatore" had been presented successfully) received the libretto, his reaction was encouraging, but he warned the composer that there may be problems with the censor.

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