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List of famous librettists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top librettists in the world? This includes the most prominent librettists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable librettists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic librettists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned librettists.

List people range from Howard Ashman to W. H. Auden.

From reputable, prominent, and well known librettists to the lesser known librettists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the librettist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous librettists ever?" and "What are the names of famous librettists?" then you're in the right place. (340 items)
Miguel de Cervantes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, often known mononymously as Cervantes, was a Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright. His magnum opus, Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern European novel, is a classic of Western literature, and is regarded amongst the best works of fiction ever written. His ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1547-1616)

Birthplace: Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Profession: Poet, Soldier, Librettist, Novelist Writer, + more

Credits: Don Quixote, Donkey Xote , Quixotic/Honor de Cavelleria, Don Quixote Knight Errant

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#12 on The Best Writers of All Time

#65 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#17 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought. Rousseau's novel Emile, or On Education is a treatise on ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1712-1778)

Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

Profession: Librettist, Novelist, Composer, Writer Philosopher

Credits: The Armenian Coat of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire ...more

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Age: Died at 84 (1694-1778)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Historian, Writer Philosopher, + more

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#52 on The Best Writers of All Time

#61 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#33 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#63 on The Most Influential People of All Time

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Gertrude Stein was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny, Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home for the remainder of her life. A literary innovator and pioneer of Modernist literature, Stein’s work broke ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1874-1946)

Birthplace: Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Author, Writer

Credits: Paris Was a Woman

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#35 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#20 on The Best Gay Authors

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1917-1993)

Birthplace: Harpurhey, United Kingdom

Profession: Educationalist, Linguist, Poet, Librettist Novelist, + more

Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Moses the Lawgiver, Cyrano de Bergerac, Vinyl 1984: A Personal View of Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty Four', + more

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#14 on The Best Catholic Authors

#68 on The Best Historical Fiction Writers of All Time

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W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Wystan Hugh Auden was an Anglo-American poet, born in England, an American citizen, and regarded by many critics as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work is noted for its stylistic and technical achievement, its engagement with moral and political issues, and its variety in tone, ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (1907-1973)

Birthplace: York, United Kingdom

Profession: Poet, Librettist, Screenwriter, Author Essayist, + more

Credits: The Way to the Sea, Night Mail

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#40 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

#21 on The Best English Poets of All Time

#10 on The Best Gay Authors

#13 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

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Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Ralph Vaughan Williams OM was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting activity influenced both his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, in which he included many folk song ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1872-1958)

Birthplace: Down Ampney, United Kingdom

Profession: Librettist, Composer

Credits: 49th Parallel, Scott of the Antarctic, The England of Elizabeth, Bitter Springs Postcard from Somova, + more

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Craig Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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Craig Lucas is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director. ...more

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Age: 65

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Author, Actor Writer, + more

Credits: Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul, Reckless Birds of America, + more

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