Mark Campbell is one of the most
in-demand librettists working in opera today, profiled in Opera News as one of twenty-five people "poised...to become major forces in opera in the coming decade."
Mark has written fifteen librettos, but his most known work is the libretto for the opera Silent Night, which garnered the 2012 Pulitzer in Music for composer Kevin Puts. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the opera has been broadcast on PBS' Great Performances and received productions at Opera Philadelphia, Ft. Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Calgary Opera, and The Wexford Festival in Ireland. Productions are also scheduled for Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opera de Montreal.
Other successful operas include: Later the Same Evening, Volpone, As One, Bastianello/Lucrezia, A Letter to East 11th Street, The Inspector, and Rappahannock County. He has collaborated with many notable contemporay composers, including Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, William Bolcom, Conrad Cummings, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Martin Hennessy, Laura Kaminsky, Paul Moravec, John Musto, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Richard Peaslee and Michael Torke.
Mark has received many other prestigious prizes for his work, including a Grammy® nomination for best Classical Recording, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, three Drama Desk nominations, a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship and the Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award.
As a lyricist, Mark penned all of the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with music by 18 composers including Jake Heggie and Duncan Sheik. The show has since been produced in many venues around the world. Other musicals for which he has written lyrics include: And the Curtain Rises, The Audience, Chang & Eng, and Splendora.
Recordings of Mark’s works include the Grammy®-nominated Volpone, (Wolf Trap Recordings), Later the Same Evening (Albany Records), Bastianello/Lucrezia (Bridge Classical) and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Sh-k-Boom Records). Songs from an Unmade Bed. Approaching Ali, As One and Silent Night are also published by Bill Holab Music.
Mark has also become an advocate for contemporary American opera and has mentored future generations of opera writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, the Virginia Arts Festival/John Duffy Composers Institute, American Lyric Theatre, and Opera Philadelphia's Composer-in-Residence Program.
Upcoming operas include: The Manchurian Candidate (2015, Minnesota Opera, Kevin Puts); The Whole Truth (2015, UrbanArias, Robert Paterson); Memory Boy (2015, Minnesota Opera, Reinaldo Noya); Burke + Hare (2016, Music-Theatre Group, Julian Grant); The Shining (2016, Minnesota Opera, Paul Moravec); Elizabeth Cree (2017, Opera Philadelphia, Kevin Puts); Dinner at Eight (2017, Minnesota Opera, William Bolcom).
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