Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand librettists working in opera today, tprofiled in Opera News as one of twenty-five people "poised...to become major forces in opera in the coming decade."
He has collaborated with many notable contemporay composers, including Mark Adamo, William Bolcom, Conrad Cummigs, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Martin Hennessy, Laura Kaminsky, Paul Moravec, John Musto, Kevin Puts, Richard Peaslee and Michael Torke. His most successful operas include Volpone, Later the Same Evening, Bastianello/ Lucrezia, Rappahannock County, and Silent Night.
Mark has received many prestigious awards for his work. Most recently, Silent Night was honored with the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Volpone received a 2010 Grammy® nomination for best Classical Recording. He also received the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two RIchard Rodgers Awards and a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
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, Splendora, Akin, and Light Shall Lift Them.
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 and Silent Night are also published by Bill Holab Music.
Upcoming operas include: As One (2014, AOP/BAM, Laura Kaminsky); The Other Room (2014, Inner Voices, Marisa Michelson); The Manchurian Candidate (2015, Minnesota Opera, Kevin Puts); Burke + Hare (2016, Music-Theatre Group, Julian Grant); The Shining (Minnsota Opera); Elizabeth Cree (2017, Opera Philadelphia, Kevin Puts); Dinner at Eight (2017, Minnesota Opera, William Bolcom).
LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST