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The wordsmiths behind the great works of musical theatre usually get less credit than the composers. But if it weren’t for great writers, we wouldn’t have 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Carmen' or 'The Rake’s Progress'. So here are ten of the best librettists.
The French duo Meilhac and Halévy wrote a large number of opera and operetta libretti. Their most famous collaboration was with Bizet on ‘Carmen’. For Offenbach, they wrote – among others - 'La belle Hélène' and 'La vie parisienne.' Anna Caterina Antonacci is pictured as Carmen in the 2008 Royal Opera production.
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