Étienne Morel de Chédeville

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Étienne Morel de Chedeville (10 October 1751 - 13 July 1814) was a 19th-century French playwright and librettist.

A playwright or dramatist is a person who writes plays.

Libretto text used for an extended musical work

A libretto is the text used in, or intended for, an extended musical work such as an opera, operetta, masque, oratorio, cantata or musical. The term libretto is also sometimes used to refer to the text of major liturgical works, such as the Mass, requiem and sacred cantata, or the story line of a ballet.

He wrote the librettos for the following operas:

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