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Nico Castel's
Complete Libretti Series
The definitive reference for diction, pronunciation and translation for all of the major operas authored by the world's leading authority on opera diction.
 
Nico Castel has undertaken a stupendous task with his Operatic Libretti Series a work that should have been done years ago ... How much time these publications could have saved me when studying a new opera! How fortunate are the present day students to be able to refer to these books, constantly improving their understanding of the complete work.

Dame Joan Sutherland

These comprehensive works, utilizing the Leyerle Three Line Phoentic Translation System, are currently available:

  • The Complete Puccini Libretti Now is its 2nd printing
    Volume One. 579 pages, contains La Boheme, Edgar, La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterly and Manon Lescaut.
    Volume Two. 434 pages, contains La Rondine, Tosca, Il Trittico (Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi) and Le Villi.

  • The Complete Verdi Libretti
    Volume One.
    438 pages, contains Aids, Alzira, Aroldo, Atilla, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Battaglia di Legnano and Il Corsaro.
    Volume Two. 618 pages, contains Don Carlo, I Due Foscari, Ernani, Falstaff, La Forza del Destino, Giovanna d'Arco and Un Giorno di Regno.
    Volume Three. 484 pages, contains I Lombardi, Luisa Miller, Macbeth, I Masnadieri, Nabucco, Oberto Conte di San Bonifaccio and Otello.
    Volume Four. 523 pages, contains Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Stiffelio, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and I Vespri Siciliani.


  • The Libretti of Mozart's Completed Operas
    Volume One
    contains Bastien und Bastienne; La Clemenza di Tito; Cosi fan Tutte; Don Giovanni; Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, La Finta Giardiniera and La Finta Semplice. $75.00
    Volume Two contains Idomeneo, Lucio Silla, Mitridate, Re di Ponto, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Re Pastore, Der Schauspieldirektor, Zaide and Die Zauberfloete.


  • French Opera Libretti. Volume I.
    701 pages.
    Contains Werther, Cherubin, Carmen, Samson et Dalila, Lakme, Pelleas et Melisande, Don Carlos (French version), Les Contes d'Hoffman.

  • Italian Belcanto Opera Libretti. Volume I.
    570 pages, contains Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia, Lucia di Lammermoor, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucrezia Borgia, Norma and I Capuleti e i Montechhi.

  • French Opera Libretti, Volume. II
    Faust, Romeo et Juliette, Manon, Mignon, Hamlet, La Juive, Thaïs, Pêcheurs de
    Perles -- 684 pages,

  • Italian Verismo Opera Libretti
    La Gioconda, Mefistofele, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, L'Amico Fritz,
    Fedora, Andrea Chénier, Adriana Lecouvreur, La Bohème (Leoncavallo). 737
    pages.

  • Italian Belcanto Opera Libretti, Volume II
    La Cenerentola, L'Italiana in Algeri, Don Pasquale, Anna Bolena, Maria
    Stuarda, Roberto Devereux, La Sonnambula, I Puritani - 672 pages.
  • German - Four Strauss Opera Libretti
    Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Salome, Ariadne auf Naxos, approx. 500 pages.

  • Italian and French Belcanto Opera Libretti, Volume III.
    French: La Fille du Régiment, Le Comte Ory, La Favorite, Guillaume Tell.
    Italian: Otello (Rossini), Il Viaggio a Reims, Semiramide, Beatrice di Tenda Approx. 700 pages.

  • Italian and French Belcanto Opera Libretti, Volume III
    French: La Fille du Regiment, Le Comte Ory, La Favorite, Guillaume Tell
    Italian: Otello (Rossini), Il Viaggio a Reims, Sermiramide, Beatrice di Tenda

  • German: Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelunger"
    Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried, Gotterdammererung

  • German: Miscellaneous Opera Libretti
    Hansel und Gretel, Fidelio, Der Freischutz, Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Lohengrin, Tannhauser,
    Der Fliegende Hollander

  • French Opera Libretti, Volume III
    Les Troyens, Louise, Don Quixotte, Les Huguenots, Le Prophete, Cendrillon

  • German - Wagner: The Big Three
    Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Tristan und Isolde and Parsifal

FUTURE VOLUMES

  • Haendel Opera Libretti
    Guilio Cesare, Serse, Rinaldo, Tamerlano, Alcina, Radamisto, Ottone, Agrippina, Partenope, Rodelinda

  • Viennese Operetta Libretti (published separately)
    Die Fledermaus,
    Der Zigeunerbaron
    Die Lustige Witwe


  • Offenback Operetta Libretti (published separately)
    La Perichole
    Ophee aux Enfers
    La Grand Duchesse de Gerolstein

  • French Opera Libretti Volume IV
    Le Cid, Herodiade, Les Vepres Siciliennes, Jersalem (Verdi's French version of Lombardi), La Navarraise,
    Beatrice et Benedict, Benvenuto Cellini, L'Africaine
** Because the Ricordi Company in Italy refused us permission to use Turandot, the Puccini libretti will not be complete for a few more years, necessitating a third volume.