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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.

Jack Larson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Jack Edward Larson is an American actor, librettist, screenwriter and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of photographer/cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on the TV series Adventures of

Dick Scanlan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Dick Scanlan is an American librettist, writer, and actor.

Dorothy Fields is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Dorothy Fields was an American librettist and lyricist. She wrote over 400 songs for Broadway musicals and films. Along with Ann Ronell, Dana Suesse, Bernice Petkere, and Kay Swift, she was one ...more

Frederick II of Prussia is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Frederick II was the third Hohenzollern king, reigning over the Kingdom of Prussia from 1740 until 1786. Frederick's achievements during his reign included his military victories, his ...more

Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Russian dramatist, opera librettist and translator.

Michael Nyman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores, and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane ...more

Dorothy Hewett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Dorothy Coade Hewett was an Australian feminist poet, novelist and playwright. She was also a member of the Communist Party of Australia, though she clashed on many occasions with the party's ...more

William Congreve is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Librettists
William Congreve was an English playwright and poet.

Pedro Calderón de la Barca is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño, usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was a dramatist, poet and writer of the ...more

George Furth is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Librettists
George Furth was an American librettist, playwright, and actor.

Betty Comden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Betty Comden was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway ...more

George Abbott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Librettists
George Francis Abbott was an American theater producer and director, playwright, screenwriter, and film director and producer whose career spanned more than nine decades.

David Javerbaum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Librettists
David Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy-winning American comedy writer. As of 2015 he works as a producer for The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS and runs the popular Twitter account ...more

Rosa Mayreder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Rosa Mayreder was an Austrian freethinker, author, painter, musician and feminist. She was the daughter of Franz Arnold Obermayer, a wealthy restaurant operator and barkeeper, and his second ...more

Gabriele d'Annunzio is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Gabriele D'Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, sometimes spelled d'Annunzio, was an Italian writer, poet, journalist, playwright and soldier during World War I. He occupied a prominent place in ...more

Maurice Maeterlinck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Maurice Polydore Marie Bernard Maeterlinck was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist who was a Fleming, but wrote in French. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 "in ...more

William Schwenck Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for the fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. ...more

Stefan Zweig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Stefan Zweig was an Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. At the height of his literary career, in the 1920s and 1930s, he was one of the most popular writers in the world.

David Henry Hwang is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Librettists
David Henry Hwang is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter, as well as a theater professor. Hilton Als of the New Yorker has described him as "the most successful ...more

Doris Lessing is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Doris May Lessing CH was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing, the sequence of five novels collectively ...more

Franz Blei is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Franz Blei was an essayist, playwright and translator from Vienna. He was also noted as a bibliophile, a critic, an editor and publisher, and a fine wit in conversation. He was a friend and ...more

Arrigo Boito is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Arrigo Boito, was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer, best known today for his libretti, especially those for Giuseppe Verdi's operas Otello and Falstaff, and his own ...more

James Lapine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Librettists
James Elliot Lapine is an American stage director, filmmaker, playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical three times, for Into the Woods, ...more

Tony Harrison is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Tony Harrison is an English poet, translator and playwright. He was born in Leeds and he received his education in the classics from Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University. He is one of ...more

Arthur Wing Pinero is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Librettists
Sir Arthur Wing Pinero known mononymously as Pinero was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director.