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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.
Author E. M. Forster met and became friends with Benjamin Britten before the Second World War. In 1948, they discussed whether Forster would write a libretto, and by that November, Herman Melville's 'Billy Budd' was suggested as a possible subject. Forster agreed and worked with Eric Crozier, a regular Britten collaborator, to write the opera. Nathan Gunn is pictured performing the title roll at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2012.
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