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4) could take advantage of the important studies of Alessandro Roccatagliati on Felice Romani (see Felice Romani librettista [Lucca: LIM, 1996] and, more easily available for English-speaking readers, "Felice Romani, Librettist by Trade," Cambridge Opera Journal 8 [1996]: 113-45), in which much of interest is found also on the position of singers within the production mechanism - something from which Durante might have profited.
Perhaps the best example of successful partnership between librettist and composer is that of Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Richard Strauss, who collaborated on Elektra (1909), Der Rosenkavalier (1911), two versions of Ariadne auf Naxos (1912 and 1916; Ariadne on Naxos), Die Frau ohne Schatten (1919; The Woman Without a Shadow), Die agyptische Helena (1928; The Egyptian Helen), and Arabella (produced--after von Hofmannsthal's death--in 1933).
Records consist of information on the composer and librettist, a list of arias, the world premiere date, the reason for composition, conductor, performers, other collaborators, other significant performances, its setting, and characters.
There is no evidence that the public was ever involved in the choice of theme; on the contrary, that choice was made by the librettist at the express commission of the impresario, or at least with knowledge of his expectations and that of his audience.
This catalog lists about 15,500 assumed names of 9,800 composers, lyricists, librettists, and writers on music.
Librettists and composers are thrown together under hothouse conditions, the most successful collaborations making it to the stage.
Tapestry also runs an ongoing annual workshop program for would-be composers and librettists.
Tapestry New Opera Works mounts a biennial production in which composers are matched with librettists.
The show in question was Opera to Go, Tapestry's April debut of five 15-minute operatic scenes by Canadian composers and librettists.