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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
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, ...more
Jean-Jacques Rousseau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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 ...more
Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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 ...more
Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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 ...more
Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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, ...more
W. H. Auden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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 ...more
Ralph Vaughan Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Librettists
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 ...more
Craig Lucas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Craig Lucas is an American playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, musical actor, and film director.
Peter Pears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Sir Peter Neville Luard Pears CBE was an English tenor. His career was closely associated with the composer Benjamin Britten, his personal and professional partner for nearly forty years. ...more
Howard Ashman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Howard Elliott Ashman was an American playwright and lyricist. Ashman first studied at Boston University and Goddard College and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana ...more
Stephen Spender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE was an English poet, novelist and essayist who concentrated on themes of social injustice and the class struggle in his work. He was appointed the seventeenth Poet ...more
Terrence McNally is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Terrence McNally is an American playwright. One of theatre's most important playwrights today, he has received the Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as ...more
Franco Zeffirelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Franco Zeffirelli, KBE is an Italian director and producer of films and television. He is also a director and designer of operas and a former senator for the Italian centre-right Forza Italia ...more
Aleksandr Pushkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was a Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin was born ...more
E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and ...more
Alan Jay Lerner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Alan Jay Lerner was an American lyricist and librettist. In collaboration with Frederick Loewe, and later Burton Lane, he created some of the world's most popular and enduring works of musical ...more
R. Murray Schafer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Raymond Murray Schafer, CC is a Canadian composer, writer, music educator and environmentalist perhaps best known for his World Soundscape Project, concern for acoustic ecology, and his book The ...more
Luigi Pirandello is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Luigi Pirandello was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and ...more
Warren Casey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Warren Casey was an American theatre composer, lyricist, writer, and actor. He is best known for being the writer and composer, with Jim Jacobs, of the stage and film musical Grease.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan was an Irish playwright and poet and long-term owner of the London Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He is known for his plays such as The Rivals, The School for ...more
Gian Carlo Menotti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Gian Carlo Menotti was an Italian-American composer and librettist. Although he often referred to himself as an American composer, he kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas ...more
Bertolt Brecht is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Bertolt Brecht was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. A theatre practitioner of the 20th century, Brecht made contributions to dramaturgy and theatrical production, the latter ...more
Oscar Hammerstein II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and two ...more
Sylvano Bussotti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Sylvano Bussotti is an Italian composer of contemporary music whose work is unusually notated and often creates special problems of interpretation.
Chester Kallman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Chester Simon Kallman was an American poet, librettist, and translator, best known for his collaborations with W. H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky.