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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 influence on the Spanish language has been so great that the language is often called la lengua de Cervantes. He was dubbed El Príncipe de los Ingenios. In 1569 Cervantes moved to Rome where he worked as chamber assistant of a cardinal. He then enlisted as a soldier in a Spanish Navy infantry regiment and continued his military life until 1575, when he was captured by Algerian corsairs. After five ...more

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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 the education of the whole person for citizenship. His sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise was of importance to the development of pre-romanticism and romanticism in fiction. Rousseau's autobiographical writings — his Confessions, which initiated the modern autobiography, and his Reveries of a Solitary Walker — exemplified the late 18th-century movement known as the Age of Sensibility, ...more

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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 was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to ...more

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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 with the narrative, linear, and temporal conventions of the 19th-century. She was also known as a collector of Modernist art. In 1933, Stein published a kind of memoir of her Paris years, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, written in the voice of Toklas, her life partner. The book became a literary bestseller and vaulted Stein from the relative obscurity of cult literary figure into the light ...more

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