Opera Libretto is a project to facilitate opera consumption making freely available librettos for everybody. We want to create a large collection of opera librettos and synopsis of operas and make them available in the Internet.
We would like that anybody listening to an opera was able to understand the action and the lyrics. Because of this objective, we have a functional approach and not a philological approach. We will not usually report the variations of the librettos or the changes that the tradition has made to the operas. We will try to stick to the most executed versions of the operas, the ones the user will be more likely to find in opera houses.
The Library will focus on the libretti of Italian operas, especially those that go from the mature Verdi to the “Generazione dell’Ottanta”. However, we will include all the librettos that we can provide. When it is possible, we will include a synopsis of the opera and some notes to guide the reader.
Differently from other websites, this libretti library will include many minor operas of modernist composers. For example, we will include the libretti of the first generation of verist composers (e.g, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano), the older generation of modernist composers (e.g., Zandonai, Alfano), and the Generazione dell’Ottanta (e.g., Pizzetti, Malipiero).
To see some librettos you may have to register to the website. Tre registration is totally free.