libretto libretto  /ləb ˈrɛ toʊ/


  • (n) the words of an opera or musical play


  1. Bond's libretto tells the story of a pacifist band of petit bourgeois cats who have formed the Royal Society for the Protection of Rats and have been rearing a young orphan mouse.
  2. To this inconsequential libretto, Menotti added a fluffy, flippant, craftsmanlike score, bristling with tart melodies and limpid orchestration.


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  1. "At first it was very difficult as we really didn't know anything about opera," said Olof Dreijer in a press release. "We'd never been to one. I didn't even know what the word libretto meant. But after some studying, and just getting used to...
    on Jan 6, 2010 By: Olof Dreijer Source: Prefixmag

  2. "It's not a huge, huge jump (to write a libretto), but it's also not what I would ever be able to do for a living because you don't make very much money doing it," said Atwood. "But for me it's a pleasure, it's an excursion, it's a thrill,...
    on Mar 11, 2008 By: Margaret Atwood Source:

  3. "The entire concept of this musical," Taymor describes, "is that the lyrics will tell the story. They are the libretto, they are the arias, they are the emotion of the characters."
    on Aug 27, 2007 By: Julie Taymor Source: PR Newswire (press release)

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