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Catherine Bott delves into the world of the librettists - the men who wrote the words for the great operas.
Catherine Bott continues one of the biggest non-fiction series in the history of British radio, as she shines the spotlight on every area of classical music.
This week, Catherine answers the question, "What is a libretto and who were the great librettists?"
Her exploration of the great wordsmiths of music begins with DaPonte, Mozart's greatest lyric writer, continues through Boito – who penned the words for Verdi's finest operas – right through to Oscar Hammerstein II in the 20th century, and today's greatest lyricist Stephen Sondheim.