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G. Schirmer's Collection of Opera Librettos


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W.A. Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


'The Marriage of Figaro' depicts the aristocracy as buffoons controlled and outwitted by their cunning servants. This time Figaro and Susanna are due to wed but must outwit the Count, who is determined to exercise his ancient right to deflower the bride of his servant.

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Richard Strauss: Salome (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Libretto to Richard Strauss's 'Salome', based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play of the same name. It is in one act only, and this libretto in German and English includes a synopsis and brief history.

3.
Gian Carlo Menotti: The Medium (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Menotti's 'The Medium' is something of a cautionary tale, which had its genesis in a séance attended by the composer himself. This Libretto is in English only.

4.
Tan Dun: Marco Polo (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera, Libretto)


'Marco Polo' is an opera about journeys, and marks a further stage in the composer Tan Dun's own journey - an exploration of a new language of music through the fusion of Western avant-garde style with Eastern accents.

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W.A. Mozart: The Magic Flute (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Mozart's Singspiel 'The Magic Flute' is regarded as one of the greatest operas of the entire repertoire. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto, in the original German with an English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin.

6.
Richard Wagner: Siegfried (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Wagner's sense of what he wanted to do with the Ring drama changed by the time he returned to Siegfried. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto in the original German with an English translation by Stewart Robb.

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Richard Wagner: Die Walküre (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


'Die Walkure' may be Wagner’s best-loved work. The source of this affection is certainly the sensitive depictions of Siegmund and Sieglinde's love and the father-daughter relationship of Wotan and Brünnhilde.

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Richard Wagner: Gotterdammerung (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


The final episode of the Ring cycle, 'Gotterdammerung' is itself a colossal work -- one of the longest evenings of opera in the standard repertory. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto, in the original German with an English translation by Stewart Robb.

9.
Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber Of Seville (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


The 1815 masterpiece 'Il Barbiere Di Siviglia' is widely considered the greatest of comic operas. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto in Italian, with an English translation by Ruth and Thomas Martin.

10.
Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


'Das Rheingold' is the first part of Wagner's 'Ring Cycle', and sets up the world in which the Ring is forged and begins to gain its evil power over people.

11.
Georges Bizet: Carmen (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Although almost unanimously condemned by contemporary Parisian critics for its overt sexuality and graphic final scene, Carmen ultimately reached the public in a way that perhaps no other opera has.

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Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Richard Wagner was inspired to take up the subject of the medieval 'Mastersingers' by his reading of 'History of the German National Poets'. This edition of the Libretto is in the original German with an English translation by John Gutman.

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Guiseppe Verdi: Aida (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


With its famous arias and ensembles, Aida has become one of the most popular operas ever written. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto, in the original Italian with an English translation by Walter Ducloux.

14.
Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Giacomo Puccini furthered his reputation as one of the leading figures in Opera when he composed 'Madame Butterfly', one of the world's most populat operas. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto.

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Gilbert And Sullivan: HMS Pinafore (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


It was 'H.M.S. Pinafore', or 'The Lass that Loved a Sailor' that established Gilbert and Sullivan as a creative force to be reckoned with in British comic theatre.

16.
Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Wagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' has long been acknowledged as the beginning of musical modernism. It is said that the entire opera is an attempt to resolve the tension set established in the first eight bars.

17.
Verdi La Traviata Libretto Ita/eng~ Libretto (Orchestra, Libretto)


The complete Italian/English libretto.

18.
Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Falstaff, a lyric comedy in three acts, is based on Shakespeare's 'The Merry Wives Of Windsor' and passages from 'Henry IV'. Includes a synopsis of the plot and a historical note on the opera and composer.

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Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


Puccini's 'La Boheme' is based on Henri Murger's novel 'Scènes de la vie de bohème', which draws it's inspiration from the Bohemian lifestyle which was somewhat in vogue in Paris at the time.

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Gaetono Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor (Libretto)~ Libretto (Opera)


'Lucia di Lammermoor' was one of the biggest triumphs of Donizetti's career, and remains as his outstanding masterpiece. This is the Schirmer edition of the Libretto, with text in the original Italian with an English translation by Glen Sauls.


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