Mark Campbell is one of the most
in-demand librettists working in opera today, profiled in Opera News as "poised...to become a major force 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 entered the repertory with unprecedented rapidity with productions at Opera Philadelphia, Ft. Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Calgary Opera, Ireland's Wexford Festival, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Opéra de Montréal.
Other successful operas include: Later the Same Evening, Volpone, As One, Bastianello/Lucrezia, A Letter to East 11th Street, The Inspector, Rappahannock County, Approaching Ali and The Manchurian Candidate. Mark has collaborated with many notable contemporary composers, including Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, Lembit Beecher, William Bolcom, Conrad Cummings, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jake Heggie, Martin Hennessy, Laura Kaminsky, Missy Mazzoli, Marisa Michelson, Paul Moravec, John Musto, Paola Prestini, Kevin Puts, Richard Peaslee, D.J. Sparr, 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. Mark has also been awarded residencies at The Hermitage, The MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, and the Sundance Theatre Lab.
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 that premeirered at New York Theatre Workshop. 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, The Manchurian Candidate and Silent Night are also published by Bill Holab Music.
Mark is also an advocate for contemporary American opera and mentors future generations of opera writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, American Lyric Theatre, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop and Opera Philadelphia's Composer-in-Residence Program.
Upcoming operas include: The Whole Truth (2016, American Modern Ensemble/ Robert Paterson, composer); Empty the House (2016, Curtis Institute/Rene Orth, composer); Memory Boy (2016, Minnesota Opera/Reinaldo Moya, composer); The Shining (2016, Minnesota Opera/Paul Moravec, composer); Body Business (2017, Music-Theatre Group/Julian Grant, composer); Elizabeth Cree (2017, Opera Philadelphia/Kevin Puts, composer); Dinner at Eight (2017, Minnesota Opera/William Bolcom, composer); Windows Opening Into Night (Houston Grand Opera/Laura Kaminsky, composer and Kimberly Reed, co-librettist); and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (2017, Santa Fe Opera/Mason Bates, composer).
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