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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    I think most people outside of the Wagner faction think his libretti leave something to be desired.
    I think those outside of the Wagner faction couldn't care less.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThing View Post
    No one here has argued they are works of "literary" genius. Boito's and Da Ponte's libretti aren't works of "literary" genius, either. They are all masterly and effective as texts for musical drama, however.
    I would argue that Wagner's libretti are works of literary genius, along with (some of) Boito's and Da Ponte's.

    I would also argue that Illica and Giacosa wrote superb libretti.

    By the way, are those here who denigrate any or all of these libretti actually speak the original languages? If you are only going by translations then I can understand why you may think them inferior on a literary level.

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