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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

Age: Died at 69 (1547-1616)

Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, Alcalá de Henares, + more

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

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

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#17 on The Best Writers of All Time

#18 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Artists With Only One Masterpiece

#28 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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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

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

Age: Died at 84 (1694-1778)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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

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#50 on The Best Writers of All Time

#71 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#34 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#30 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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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

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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#43 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#19 on The Best Gay Authors

#91 on The Best American Poets

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