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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 Venetian poet and librettist da Ponte wrote the words for 28 operas by 11 different composers, including three of Mozart's greatest, 'Don Giovanni', 'The Marriage of Figaro' and 'Così fan tutte'. Da Ponte's own scandalous life could be the subject of an opera in its own right. Pictured are Sophie Koch and Stephane Degout in a 2006 Salzburg production of 'Così fan tutte'.
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