List of opera librettists


List of opera librettists

This is an incomplete list of authors who have written libretti for operas. Only librettists with their own articles in Wikipedia are listed. The name of the composer of each opera is also given.

List of operas by librettist's last name

A

Jules Adenis (1823-1900)
* with Henri Cain
** for Umberto Giordano: "Marcella"
* with Charles Grandvallet
** for Massenet: "La grand'tante"
* with E. Plouvier
** for Offenbach: "Un postillon en gage"
* with J Rostaing
** for Ernest Guiraud: "Sylvie"
* with Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
** for Bizet: "La jolie fille de Perth"

* with A Silvestre and L Bonnemère
** for Henry Charles Litolff: "Les templiers"

Franco Alfano (1875-1954)
*for his own music: "Sakùntala"

Giuseppe Adami (1878–1946)
* for Puccini: "La rondine", "Il Tabarro", "Turandot" (with Renato Simoni)
* for Riccardo Zandonai: "La via della finestra"
* for Franco Vittadini: "Anima allegra", "Nazareth"

Louis Anseaume (?-1784)
*alone
**for Egidio Duni: "L'école de la jeunesse", "La fée Urgèle", "Le peintre amoureux de son modèle"
**for Grétry: "Le tableau parlant"
*with Thomas Hales
**for Grétry: "Le jugement de Midas"
*with Pierre-Augustin Lefèvre de Marcouville:
**for Jean Louis Laruette: "La fausse aventurière"
**for Pierre van Maldere: "Le Médecin de l'amour"

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)
*used by Poulenc: "Les mamelles de Tirésias"

W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
*alone:
**for Benjamin Britten: "Paul Bunyan"
*with Chester Kallman (1921-1975)
**for Hans Werner Henze: "The Bassarids", "Elegy for Young Lovers"
**for Nicolas Nabokov: "Love's Labours Lost"
**for Stravinsky: "The Rake's Progress"

B

Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973)
*for Hans Werner Henze: "Der junge Lord", "Der Prinz von Homburg"

Béla Balázs (1884-1949)
*for Bartók: "Bluebeard's Castle"

Auguste Barbier (1805-1882)
*for Berlioz: "Benvenuto Cellini" (with Léon Wailly)

Jules Barbier (1825-1901)
*alone:
**for Offenbach: "The Tales of Hoffmann"
**for Camille Saint-Saens: "Le timbre d'argent"
*with Michel Carré:
**for Gounod: "La colombe", "Faust", "Le médecin malgré lui", "Philémon et Baucis", "Polyeucte", "La reine de Saba", "Roméo et Juliette"
**for Meyerbeer: "Le pardon de Ploermel"
**for Ambroise Thomas: "Mignon", "Hamlet"

Pierre Beaumarchais (1732-1799)
*used by Salieri: "Tarare"

Sem Benelli (1877-1949)
*for Italo Montemezzi: "L'amore dei tre re", "L'incantesimo"

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
*for his own music: "Les Troyens", "Béatrice et Bénédict"

Giovanni Bertati (1735–1815)
*for Domenico Cimarosa: "Il matrimonio segreto"

Thomas Betterton (1635-1710)
*for Purcell: "Dioclesian", "The Fairy-Queen" (probably)

Robin Blaser (1925- )
*for Harrison Birtwistle: "The Last Supper

Édouard Blau (1836-1906)
*alone:
**for Lalo: "Le roi d'Ys"
*with Georges Hartmann and Paul Milliet
**for Massenet: "Werther"
*with Adolphe d'Hennery and Louis Gallet:
**for Massenet:"Le Cid"

Arrigo Boito (1842-1918)
* for Verdi: "Otello", "Falstaff"
* for his own music: "Mefistofele", "Nerone"

Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1763-1842)
*for Cherubini: "Les deux journées"
*for Grétry: "Pierre le Grand"

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
*for Kurt Weill:
**alone: "Der Jasager", "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny",
**with Elisabeth Hauptmann: "Happy End", "The Threepenny Opera"

Georg Büchner (1813-1837)
*used by Berg: "Wozzeck"

Francis Burnand (1836-1917)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Chieftain", "The Contrabandista", "Cox and Box"
*for Edward Solomon: "Domestic Economy", "Pickwick", "The Tiger"

Giovanni Francesco Busenello (1598–1659)
*for Monteverdi: "L'incoronazione di Poppea"
*for Cavalli: "Gli amori d'Apollo e di Dafne", "La Didone", "La prosperita di Giulio Cesare dittatore ", "Statira principessa de Persia"

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)
*for his own music: "Arlecchino", "Die Brautwahl", "Doktor Faust", "Turandot"

C

Louis de Cahusac (1706-1759)
*for Rameau: "Anacréon" (first Rameau opera by that name), "Les Boréades", "Les fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour", "Naïs", "La naissance d'Osiris", "Zaïs", "Zoroastre"

Henri Cain (1859-1937)
*alone:
**for Jules Massenet: "Cendrillon", "La Navarraise", "Don Quichotte", "Roma", "Sapho"
**for Franco Alfano: "Cirano di Bergerac"
*with de Croisset - see Francis de Croisset

Italo Calvino (1923-1985)
*for Luciano Berio: "La vera storia"

Ranieri de' Calzabigi (1714-1795)
*for Gluck: "Alceste", "Orfeo ed Euridice", "Paride ed Elena"

Salvatore Cammarano (1801-1852)
*for Gaetano Donizetti: "L'assedio di Calais", "Belisario", "Lucia di Lammermoor", "Maria de Rudenz", "Maria di Rohan", "Pia de' Tolomei", "Poliuto", "Roberto Devereux"
*for Verdi: "Alzira", "La battaglia di Legnano", "Luisa Miller", "Il trovatore" (with Leone Emanuele Bardare)
*for Giuseppe Persiani: "Ines de Castro"

Michel Carré (1821-1872)
*alone:
**for Gounod: "Mireille"
*with Eugène Cormon:
**for Bizet: "Les pêcheurs de perles"
* with Barbier - see Jules Barbier

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899)
*for his own music: "Le roi Arthus"

Helmina von Chézy (1783-1856)
*for Weber: "Euryanthe"

Henry Fothergill Chorley (1808-1872)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Sapphire Necklace"
*for Vincent Wallace: "The Amber Witch"

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
*for Stravinsky: "Oedipus Rex"
*for Poulenc: "La voix humaine"

Colette (1873-1954)
*for Ravel: "L'enfant et les sortilèges"

Marco Coltellini (1719-1777)
*for Gluck: "Telemaco"
*for Hasse: "Piramo e Tisbe"
*for Haydn: "L'infedeltà delusa"
*for Salieri: "Armida"
*for Traetta: "Ifigenia in Aulide", "Antigona"

William Congreve (1670-1729)
*used by John Eccles and Handel: "Semele (Eccles)" and "Semele (Handel)"
*used by John Eccles, Daniel Purcell, Gottfried Finger and John Weldon: "The Judgement of Paris"

Thomas Corneille (1625-1709)
*for Marc-Antoine Charpentier: "Médée"
*for Lully: "Bellérophon" (with Bernard de Fontenelle)

Hector-Jonathan Crémieux (1828-1892)
*with E About
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Le financier et le savetier"
*with Ernest Blum
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Bagatelle", "La jolie parfumeuse"
*with Eugène Cormon
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Robinson Crusoé"
*with Philippe Gille
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Les bergers"
*with Ludovic Halévy
**for Léo Delibes: "Les eaux d’Ems"
**for Jacques Offenbach: "La chanson de Fortunio", "Jacqueline", "Orphée aux enfers", "Le pont des soupirs", "Le roman comique"
*with Ludovic Halévy, M de Saint-Rémy and Ernest Lépine
**for Jacques Offenbach: "M. Choufleuri restera chez lui le . . ."
*with Louis-Adolphe Jaime
**for Hervé: "Le petit Faust"
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Une demoiselle en loterie"
*with Louis-Adolphe Jaime and Etienne Tréfeu
**for Jacques Offenbach: "Geneviève de Brabant"
*with Albert de Saint-Albin
**for Jacques Offenbach: "La foire Saint-Laurent"

Francis de Croisset (1877-1937)
*alone:
**for Reynaldo Hahn: "Ciboulette"
* with Henri Cain
**for Jules Massenet: "Chérubin"

Eric Crozier (1914-1994)
*for Benjamin Britten: "Albert Herring", "Billy Budd" (with E.M. Forster), "The Little Sweep"

D

Gabriele d'Annunzio (1863-1938)
*for Mascagni: "Parisina"
*for Franchetti: "La figlia di Iorio"

Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749-1838)
*for Mozart: "Così fan tutte", "Don Giovanni", "The Marriage of Figaro"
*for Martín y Soler: "L'arbore di Diana", "Il burbero di buon cuore", "Una cosa rara"
*for Salieri: "Axur, re d'Ormus"

William Davenant (1606-1668)
*for Henry Lawes, Matthew Locke and others: "The Siege of Rhodes"

Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
*for his own music: "Fennimore and Gerda", "Irmelin", "A Village Romeo and Juliet"

Philippe Néricault Destouches (1680-1754)
*for Mouret: "Les amours de Ragonde"

Eduard Devrient (1801-1877)
*for Heinrich Marschner: "Hans Heiling"

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)
*for his own music: "Betly", "Il campanello di notte", "Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali", "Don Pasquale" (with Giovanni Ruffini)

John Dryden (1631-1700)
*for Purcell: "The Indian Queen" (with Robert Howard), "King Arthur"
*for Louis Grabu: "Albion and Albanius"

E

F

Jacopo Ferretti (1784-1852)
*for Donizetti: "L'ajo nell'imbarazzo", "Il furioso all'isola di San Domingo", "Olivo e Pasquale", "Torquato Tasso", "Zoraide di Grenata"
*for Saverio Mercadante: "Gli amici di Siracusa", "Scipione in Cartagine"
*for Giovanni Pacini: "Cesare in Egitto"
*for Luigi Ricci: "L’orfanella di Ginevra"
*for Lauro Rossi: "La figlia di Figaro"
*for Rossini: "La Cenerentola", "Matilde di Shabran"
*for Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli: "Baldovino"

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
*for Benjamin Britten: "Billy Budd" (with Eric Crozier)

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia (1712-1786)
*for Graun: "Montezuma"

Christopher Fry (1907-2005)
*for Penderecki: "Paradise Lost"

G

Louis Gallet (1835–1898)
*for Jules Massenet: "Thaïs"

John Gay (1685-1732)
*for music arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch: "The Beggar's Opera"

Antonio Ghislanzoni (1824-1893)
*for Giuseppe Verdi: "Aida", "La forza del destino"
*for Amilcare Ponchielli: "I Lituani"

Giuseppe Giacosa (1847-1906) and Luigi Illica (1857-1919)
*for Puccini: "La bohème", "Madama Butterfly", "Manon Lescaut" (with others, including Leoncavallo), "Tosca"

W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Gondoliers", "The Grand Duke", "H.M.S. Pinafore", "Iolanthe", "The Mikado", "Patience", "The Pirates of Penzance", "Princess Ida", "Ruddigore", "The Sorcerer", "Thespis", "Trial by Jury", "Utopia Limited", "The Yeomen of the Guard"
*for Thomas German Reed: "Eyes and No Eyes", "No Cards", "Our Island Home", "A Sensation Novel"
*for Frederic Clay: "Ages Ago", "Happy Arcadia", "Princess Toto", "The Gentleman in Black"
*for Alfred Cellier: "The Mountebanks", "Topsyturveydom"
*for George Grossmith: "Haste to the Wedding"
*for Osmond Carr: "His Excellency"
*for Edward German: "Fallen Fairies"
*for Alberto Randegger: "Creatures of Impulse"

Philippe Gille (1831-1901)
*with Edmond Gondinet:
**for Léo Delibes: "Lakmé"
*with Henri Meilhac:
**for Jules Massenet: "Manon"

Girolamo Giusti (1709-1766)
*for Antonio Vivaldi: "Motezuma"

Nikolai Gogol (1809-1852)
*used by Mussorgsky: "Zhenitba (The Marriage)"

Carlo Goldoni (1707-1793)
*used by Mozart: "La finta semplice"
*used by Piccinni: "La buona figliuola"
*used by Haydn: "Il mondo della luna", "Lo speziale"
*used by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: "Il campiello", "Le donne curiose", "I quattro rusteghi"

Edmond Gondinet (1828-1888)
*alone
**for Léo Delibes: "Le roi l'a dit"
*with Ernest Blum and Albert de Saint-Albin
**for Hervé: Mam’zelle Gavroche
*with Georges Duval:
**for Robert Planquette: "Les Voltigeurs de la 32ème"
*with Philippe Gille:
**for Léo Delibes: "Jean de Nivelle ", "Lakmé"

Alice Goodman (1958- )
*for John Adams: "The Death of Klinghoffer", "Nixon in China"

Vincenzo Grimani (1652/1655-1710)
*for Handel: "Agrippina"

Sydney Grundy (1848-1914)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "Haddon Hall"
*for Edward Solomon: "Pocahontas", "The Vicar of Bray"

Nicolas-François Guillard (1752-1814)
*for Christoph Willibald Gluck: "Iphigénie en Tauride"
*for Antonio Salieri: "Les Horaces"
*for Antonio Sacchini: "Oedipe à Colone"

H

Thomas Hales (c.1740-1780)
*for Grétry: "L'amant jaloux", "Le jugement de Midas"

Ludovic Halévy (1834-1908)
*for Offenbach: "Ba-ta-clan"
*also see Meilhac and Crémieux

David Harsent (1942-)
*for Harrison Birtwistle: "Gawain"

Georges Hartmann (1843-1900)
*for Jules Massenet: "Hérodiade", "Werther"
*for André Messager: "Madame Chrysanthème"
*for Reynaldo Hahn: "L'île du rêve"

Nicola Francesco Haym (1678-1729)
*for Handel: "Amadigi", "Flavio", "Giulio Cesare", "Ottone", "Radamisto", "Rodelinda", "Siroe", "Tamerlano" "Teseo"
*for Bononcini: "Calfurnia" and "Astianatte"

Philip Hensher (1965-)
*for Thomas Adès: "Powder Her Face"

Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
*for his own music: "Die Harmonie der Welt", "Mathis der Maler"

Russell Hoban (1925-)
*for Harrison Birtwistle: "The Second Mrs Kong"

Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874-1925)
*for Richard Strauss: "Die ägyptische Helena", "Arabella", "Ariadne auf Naxos", "Elektra", "Die Frau ohne Schatten", "Der Rosenkavalier"

François Benoît Hoffmann (1760-1828)
*for Cherubini: "Médée"
*for Méhul: "Ariodant", "Stratonice"

Basil Hood (1864-1917)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Emerald Isle" (finished by Edward German after Sullivan's death), "The Rose of Persia"
*for Arthur Bruhns (later reset by Franco Leoni): "Ib and Little Christina"
*for Cecil Cook: "The Willow Pattern"
*for Edward German: "Merrie England", "A Princess of Kensington"

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
*for Louise Bertin: "Esmeralda"

David Henry Hwang (1957-)
*for Philip Glass: "The Voyage"
*for Osvaldo Golijov: "Ainadamar"

I

Luigi Illica (1857-1919)
*for Catalani: "La Wally"
*for Giordano: "Andrea Chénier", "Siberia"
*for Mascagni: "Iris", "Isabeau", "Le maschere"see also Giuseppe Giacosa

Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz (1894-1980)
*for Szymanowski: "King Roger" (with the composer)

J

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
*for his own music: "The Cunning Little Vixen", "Destiny" (with Fedora Bartošová), "From the House of the Dead", "Jenůfa", "Káťa Kabanová", "The Makropulos Affair"

Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
*for his own music: "Treemonisha"

Etienne de Jouy (1764-1846)
*for Cherubini: "Les Abencérages
*for Rossini: "Guillaume Tell" (with Hippolyte-Louis Florent Bis)
*for Spontini: "Milton" (with Armand-Michel Dieulafoy), "La vestale", "Fernand Cortez"

K

Georg Kaiser (1878-1945)
*for Kurt Weill: "Der Protagonist", "Der Silbersee", "Der Zar lässt sich photographieren"

Chester Kallman see Auden

Johann Friedrich Kind (1768-1843)
*for Weber: "Der Freischütz"
*for Conradin Kreutzer: "Das Nachtlager in Granada"

Kenneth Koch (1925-2002)
*for Ned Rorem: "Bertha"

Eliška Krásnohorská (1847-1926)
*for Smetana: "The Devil's Wall", "The Kiss", "The Secret", "Viola"

Clemens Krauss (1893-1954)
*for Richard Strauss: "Capriccio"

L

Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)
*for his own music: "La bohème", "Pagliacci", "Zazà"
*for Puccini: "Manon Lescaut" (with others, including Giacosa and Illica) Doris Lessing (1919-)
*for Philip Glass: "The Making of the Representative for Planet 8"

Jean-Baptiste Louvet de Couvrai (1760-1797)
*used by Cherubini: "Lodoïska"
*used by Simon Mayr: "Lodoiska"
*used by Rossini: "Torvaldo e Dorliska"
*used by Stephen Storace: "Lodoiska"

M

Amin Maalouf (1949-)
*for Kaija Saariaho: "L’amour de loin"

Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)
*used by Debussy: "Pelléas et Mélisande"
*used by Dukas: "Ariane et Barbe-bleue"

Jean François Marmontel (1723-1799)
*for Rameau: "Acante et Céphise", "La guirlande", "Les sibarites"
*for Grétry: "Le Huron", "Lucile", "Zémire et Azor"
*for Piccinni: "Didon"

Henri Meilhac (1831-1897)
*with Philippe Gille
**for Massenet: Manon
*with Ludovic Halévy
**for Bizet: "Carmen"
**for Offenbach: "Barbe-bleue", "La belle Hélène", "La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein", "La Périchole", "La vie parisienne"

Anne-Honoré-Joseph Duveyrier de Mélésville (1787-1865)
*for Herold: "Zampa"
*with Pierre Carmouche
**for Offenbach: "La permission de dix heures"
*with Eugène Scribe
**for Offenbach: "La chatte metamorphosée en femme"

Guido Menasci (1867-1925)
*with Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti:
**for Umberto Giordano: "Regina Diaz"
**for Pietro Mascagni: "Cavalleria rusticana", "I Rantzau", "Zanetto"

Catulle Mendès (1841-1909)
*for Chabrier: "Gwendoline"
*for Massenet: "Ariane", "Bacchus"

Gian-Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
*for his own music: "Amahl and the Night Visitors", "The Consul", "The Medium", "The Old Maid and the Thief", "The Saint of Bleeker Street", "The Telephone, or L'Amour à trois"
*for Samuel Barber: "A Hand of Bridge", "Vanessa"

Joseph Méry (1798-1866)
*for Verdi: "Don Carlos" (with Camille du Locle)

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
*for his own music: "Saint François d'Assise"

Pietro Metastasio (1698-1782)
*used by J. C. Bach, Broschi, Hasse, and Pergolesi, among others: "Adriano in Siria"
*used by Gluck, Hasse, and Traetta, among others: "Antigono"
*used by J. C. Bach, Gluck, Hasse, and Vinci, among others: "Artaserse"
*used by Hasse, Vinci, and Vivaldi, among others: "Catone in Utica"
*used by Gluck and Hasse, among others: "Demetrio"
*used by Gluck, Hasse, Jommelli, Traetta, and Vinci, among others: "Demofoonte"
*used by Hasse, Porpora, and Vinci, among others: "Didone abbandonata"
*used by Gluck and Mozart, among others: "Il re pastore"
*used by Gluck, Hasse, and Jommelli, among others: "Il trionfo di Clelia"
*used by Gluck, Hasse, and Porpora, among others: "Issipile"
*used by Gluck, Handel, and Porpora, among others: "Ezio"
*used by Handel, Hasse, Porpora, and Vinci, among others: "Alessandro nell'Indie", also known as "Poro, re dell'Indie"
*used by Gluck and Hasse, among others: "Ipermestra"
*used by Mozart, among others: "La clemenza di Tito"
*used by Hasse, Pergolesi, Traetta, and Vivaldi, among others: "L'Olimpiade"
*used by Hasse, Meyerbeer, Porpora, Salieri, and Vinci, among others: "Semiramide riconosciuta"
*used by Handel, Hasse, Porpora, Vinci, and Vivaldi, among others: "Siroe rè di Persia"

Nicolò Minato (ca. 1630 – 1698)
*used by Cavalli: "Orimonte"
*used by Cavalli, Scarlatti and Giacomo Antonio Perti: "Pompeo Magno"
*used by Cavalli, Bononcini and Händel: "Xerse"
*used by Antonio Draghi: "Leonida in Tegea", "La tirannide abbatuta dalla virtù"
*used by Draghi and Marc’ Antonio Ziani: "Chilonida"
*used by Draghi and Georg Reutter/Antonio Caldara: "La patienza di Socrate con due mogli"
*used by Antonio Sartorio, Draghi and Albinoni: "La prosperità di Elio Sejano"

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
*for his own music: "Boris Godunov", "The Fair at Sorochyntsi", "Khovanshchina", "Salammbô"

N

O

Meredith Oakes (1946-)
*for Thomas Adès: "The Tempest"

Martin Opitz (1597-1639)
*for Heinrich Schütz: "Dafne" (lost)

P

Francesco Maria Piave (1810-1876)
*for Verdi: "Aroldo", "Il corsaro", "I due Foscari", "Ernani", "La forza del destino", "Macbeth", "Rigoletto", "Simon Boccanegra" (first version), "Stiffelio", "La traviata"

Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Beauty Stone"

Myfanwy Piper (1911-1997)
*for Benjamin Britten: "Death in Venice", "Owen Wingrave", "The Turn of the Screw"

James Robinson Planché (1796-1880)
*for Weber: "Oberon"William Plomer (1903-1973)
*for Benjamin Britten: "The Burning Fiery Furnace", "Curlew River", "Gloriana", "The Prodigal Son".

David Pountney (1947- )
*for Peter Maxwell Davies: "Mr Emmet Takes a Walk"

Alexander Preis
*for Shostakovich: "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district", "The Nose"

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
*for his own music:
**alone: "The Fiery Angel", "The Gambler", "The Love for Three Oranges"
**with Mira Mendelson:"Betrothal in a Monastery", "The Story of a Real Man", "War and Peace"
**with Valentin Katayev: "Semyon Kotko"

Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)
*used by Dargomyzhsky: "The Stone Guest"

Q

Philippe Quinault (1635-1688)
*for Jean-Baptiste Lully: "Acis et Galatée", "Amadis", "Armide", "Atys", "Cadmus et Hermione", "Isis", "Persée", "Phaëthon", "Proserpine", "Roland", "Thésée"
*used by Gluck: "Armide"
*used by Piccinni: "Roland"

R

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
*for his own music: "Christmas Eve", "Kashchey the Deathless", "The Maid of Pskov", "May Night", "Sadko", "Servilia", "The Snow MaidenOttavio Rinuccini (1562-1621)
*for Caccini: "Euridice"
*for Gagliano: "Dafne"
*for Monteverdi: "L'Arianna"
*for Peri: "Dafne", "Euridice"

Michael Symmons Roberts (1963-)
*for James MacMillan: "The Sacrifice"

Felice Romani (1788-1865)
*for Bellini: "Adelson e Salvini", "Beatrice di Tenda", "Bianca e Fernando", "I Capuleti e i Montecchi", "Norma", "Il pirata", "I puritani", "La sonnambula", "La straniera", "Zaira"
*for Donizetti: "Alina, regina di Golconda", "Anna Bolena", "L'elisir d'amore", "Gianni di Parigi", "Lucrezia Borgia", "Parisina", "Rosmonda d'Inghilterra", "Ugo, conte di Parigi"
*for Rossini: "Aureliano in Palmira", "Bianca e Falliero", "Il turco in Italia"
*for Verdi: "Un giorno di regno"

Giulio Rospigliosi (later Pope Clement IX) (1600-1669)
*for Stefano Landi: "Il Sant'Alessio"
*for Marco Marazzoli and Virgilio Mazzocchi: "Chi soffre, speri

Gaetano Rossi (1774-1855)
* for Rossini: "La cambiale di matrimonio", "Tancredi", "Semiramide"
* for Meyerbeer: "Il crociato in Egitto"
* for Pacini: "Carlo di Borgogna"
* for Donizetti: "Maria Padilla" (with Gaetano Donizetti), "Linda di Chamounix"

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
*for his own music: "Le Devin du village"

Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges (1799-1875)
*alone
**for Franz Lachner: "Caterina Cornaro"
**for Fromental Halévy: "La reine de Chypre"
*with Jules Adenis
**for Bizet: "La jolie fille de Perth"
*with Jean-François Bayard:
**for Donizetti: "La fille du régiment"
*with F-A-E de Planard:
**for Fromental Halévy: "L'éclair"
*with Eugène Scribe:
**for Auber: "Les diamants de la couronne"

Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812)
*for Mozart: "The Magic Flute"

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
*for his own music: "Die glückliche Hand", "Moses und Aron"

Eugène Scribe (1791-1861)
*alone
**for Auber: "Le domino noir", "Fra Diavolo", "Gustave III", "Haydée", "Manon Lescaut", "La muette de Portici", "Le cheval de bronze"
**for Boieldieu: "La dame blanche"
**for Donizetti: "Dom Sébastien"
**for Halévy: "La Juive"
**for Meyerbeer: "L'Africaine", "Les Huguenots", "Le prophète", "Robert le diable"
*with Charles Gaspard Delestre-Poirson
**for Rossini: "Le comte Ory"
*with Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges
**"for Auber: Les diamants de la couronne"

Michel-Jean Sedaine (1719-1797)
*for André Grétry: "Guillaume Tell", "Richard Coeur-de-lion"
*for Monsigny: "Le déserteur"

Peter Sellars (1957- )
*for John Adams: "Doctor Atomic"

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
*used by Benjamin Britten, heavily cut by Britten and Peter Pears: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)
*for Thomas Linley the younger and Thomas Linley the elder: "The Duenna"

Renato Simoni (1875–1952)
*for Puccini: "Turandot" (with Giuseppe Adami)
* for Francesco Cilèa: "Il ritorno dell'amore"

Montagu Slater (1902-1956)
*for Benjamin Britten: "Peter Grimes"

Antonio Somma (1809-1864)
*for Giuseppe Verdi: "Un ballo in maschera"

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946)
*for Virgil Thomson: "Four Saints in Three Acts", "The Mother of Us All"

B. C. Stephenson (1838-1906)
*for Arthur Sullivan: "The Zoo"
*for Frederic Clay: "The Bold Recruit", "Out of Sight", "The Pirates Isle"
*for Alfred Cellier: "Charity Begins at Home", "Doris", "Dorothy", "The Masque of Pandora"

Cesare Sterbini (1784-1831)
*for Gioachino Rossini: "The Barber of Seville", "Torvaldo e Dorliska"

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
*for his own music: "Guntram", "Intermezzo", "Salome" (adapted from Oscar Wilde)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
*for his own music: "Le rossignol"

Alessandro Striggio (1573-1630)
*for Monteverdi: "L'Orfeo"

John Millington Synge (1871-1909)
*used by Ralph Vaughan Williams: "Riders to the Sea"

T

Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti (1863-1934)
*for Adriano Biagi: "La sposa di Nino"
*for Umberto Giordano: "Regina Diaz"
*for Pietro Mascagni: "Amica", "Cavalleria rusticana", "Nerone", "Pinotta", "I Rantzau", "Silvano", "Zanetto"

Nahum Tate (1652-1715)
*for Purcell: "Dido and Aeneas"

Modest Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1850-1916)
*for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: "Iolanta", "The Queen of Spades"
*for Sergei Rachmaninoff: "Francesca da Rimini"

Emmanuel Théaulon (1787-1841)
*with de Rancé
**for Luigi Cherubini: "Blanche de Provence"
**for Ferdinando Paer: "Blanche de Provence"
**for Franz Liszt: "Don Sanche"

Michael Tippett (1905-1998)
*for his own music: "The Ice Break", "King Priam", "The Knot Garden", "The Midsummer Marriage", "New Year"

Andrea Leone Tottola (?-1831)
*for Vincenzo Bellini: "Adelson e Salvini"
*for Gaetano Donizetti: "Alfredo il grande", "Il castello di Kenilworth", "Gabriella di Vergy", "Imelda de' Lambertazzi", "La zingara"
*for Giovanni Pacini: "Alessandro nelle Indie"
*for Gioachino Rossini: "La donna del lago", "Ermione", "Mosè in Egitto", "Zelmira"

Etienne Tréfeu (1821-1903)
*with Louis-Adolphe Jaime and Hector-Jonathan Crémieux
**for Offenbach: Geneviève de Brabant

U

V

Albert Vanloo (1846-1920)
*for Edmond Audran:*with William Busnach: "L'oeuf rouge"
*for Emmanuel Chabrier:*with Eugène Letterier: "L'étoile", "Une éducation manquée"
*for Alexandre Charles Lecocq:*with William Busnach: "Ali-Baba" :*with Georges Duval: "La belle au bois dormant" :*with Eugène Letterier: "La Camargo", "Giroflé-Girofla", "La jolie persane", "Le jour et la nuit", "La marjolaine", "La petite mariée"
*for André Messager:*with Georges Duval: "Les dragons de l'impératrice", "Les p'tites Michu", "Véronique"
*for Jacques Offenbach:*with Eugène Letterier: "Mam'zelle Moucheron":*with Leterrier and A Mortier: "Le voyage dans la lune"

Giambattista Varesco (1735-1805)
*for Mozart: "Idomeneo", "L'oca del Cairo"

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
*for his own music: "The Pilgrim's Progress", "Sir John in Love"

Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges (1799-1875) - see above under S

Voltaire (1694-1778)
*for Rameau: "La princesse de Navarre", "Le temple de la gloire", "Les fêtes de Ramire", "Samson" (lost)

W

Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
*for his own music: "Die Feen", "The Flying Dutchman", "Götterdämmerung", "Die Hochzeit", "Das Liebesverbot", "Lohengrin", "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg", "Parsifal", "Das Rheingold", "Rienzi", "Der Ring des Nibelungen", "Siegfried", "Tannhäuser", "Tristan und Isolde", "Die Walküre"

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)
*for Paul Hindemith: "The Long Christmas Dinner"

Ernst von Wolzogen (1855-1934)
*for Richard Strauss: "Feuersnot"

X

Y

Arthur Yorinks (1953-)
*for Philip Glass: "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Juniper Tree"

Z

Apostolo Zeno (1668-1750)
*used by Handel: "Faramondo"
*used by Hasse: "Antioco"
*used by Hasse and Holzbauer: "Lucio Papirio"
*used by Holzbauer: "Il Don Chisciotte", "Sesostri, re d'Egitto", "Vologeso"
*used by Alessandro Scarlatti and Vivaldi: "Griselda"

Peter Zinovieff
*for Harrison Birtwistle: "The Mask of Orpheus"

Émile Zola (1840-1902)
*for Alfred Bruneau: "Messidor", "L'ouragan"

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942)
*for Richard Strauss: "Die schweigsame Frau"

General sources

*"The New Grove Dictionary of Opera", ed. Stanley Sadie (London, 1992) ISBN 0-333-73432-7
*"The Oxford Dictionary of Opera", by John Warrack and Ewan West (1992), 782 pages, ISBN 0-19-869164-5
*cite book
last = Holden | first = Amanda | coauthors = (editor), with Kenyon, Nicholas and Walsh, Stephen
title = The Viking Opera Guide | origyear = 1993 | publisher = Viking | location = London | id = ISBN 0-670-81292-7

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