- the text or words of an opera or similar extended musical composition.
- a book or booklet containing such a text.
Origin of libretto
Examples from the Web for libretto
I own a CD, have heard it, and have read the libretto three or four times.Rudy Giuliani: Why I Protested ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’
October 20, 2014
Ideas for a novel, the notes I took when working with a composer on the libretto for an opera I did in 2008.Amy Tan: How I Write
December 11, 2013
Watching the court appearance was, to the untrained eye, like watching a German opera without a libretto.How the West Memphis Three Got Out
Gerald L. Shargel
August 22, 2011
He also seized the opportunity of offering him a libretto for a new oratorio.
The music is lost, but the libretto survives, and that is enough to account for the collapse.
The summer was devoted to the composition of Belshazzar, for which Jennens had supplied the libretto.
In writing the libretto I had become acquainted with the actresses.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
I do not claim that our libretto was good poetry but it served as a vehicle for the tunes.My Reminiscences
- a text written for and set to music in an opera, etc
Word Origin and History for libretto
(plural libretti), 1742, from Italian libretto, diminutive of libro "book," from Latin liber (genitive libri), see library. Related: Librettist.