How do playwrights or musical theatre book writers approach writing a libretto for an opera?

In August 2021, playwrights, librettists, and lyricists- from both the theatre and opera worlds - came together for a roundtable discussion that explored the differences in writing for each medium, and how to make the crossover from writing theatre to writing opera, with personal anecdotes and examples drawn from their own experiences. 


  • Mark Campbell
  • Stephanie Fleischmann
  • David Henry Hwang
  • E.M. Lewis
  • Sandra Seaton

Moderated by Deborah Brevoort

This roundtable was conceived by the Dramatists Guild's Opera Committee, in affiliation with The Dramatist's November/December 2021 Opera Issue. To read the edited version of the roundtable transcript in the online version of The Dramatist magazine, please click here.

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