Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

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Christoph Friedrich Bretzner (10 December 1748 – 31 August 1807) was a Leipzig merchant famous for writing the libretto to a singspiel Belmont und Constanze, oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail, produced in Berlin and adapted in 1782 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Gottlieb Stephanie as Die Entführung aus dem Serail.[1] Bretzner protested against the adaptations on the grounds that original text was stolen by Gottlieb Stephanie who then modified it for Mozart's performances.[2]

He died on 31 August 1807 after arriving for a theatrical performance in Leipzig.


  1. ^ K. 384
  2. ^ Deutsch, Otto Erich (1965) Mozart: A Documentary Biography. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.