Welcome to my site. On this page, I'll post announcements of upcoming productions and current news.
AOP announces that As One will be given a secial preview on June 17 at the BAM Fisher Space, where it will premiere in September.
Minnesota Opera announces the commission of a new opera based on the play Dinner at Eight, premiering in 2016-17; music by William Bolcom, libretto by Mark Campbell. http://www.twincities.com/stage/ci_25959612/minnesota-opera-commissions-dinner-at-eight
Minnsota Opera announces the premiere of The Manchurian Candidate: http://www.mnopera.org/season/2014-2015/the-manchurian-candidate/
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City announes that Silent Night will be part of their 2014-2015 season.
The first professional production of Bastianello/Lucrezia (Musto/Bolcom) opens at DC's UrbanArias: http://www.urbanarias.org/performances/bastianello-and-lucrezia
Silent Night appears on television around the country on PBS Great Performances. The NYC showing is on Christmas Eve at 10:00 p.m.
Imprint Theatricals in Brisbane Australia chooses Songs from an Unmade Bed for its inaugural production, premiering in February.
Four productions of Silent Night are announced for 2014: Ft Worth Opera, Cincinnatti Opera, Calgary Opera and The Wexford Festival.
As One, which American Opera Projects is being devloped with composer Laura Kaminsky and co-librettist/Filmmaker Kimberly Reed, is awarded a 2014 BAM Professional Development Grant.
A Letter to East 11th Street (composer Martin Hennessy) wins the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize. http://www.potsdam.edu/newsandevents/82213pellicciottiprize.cfm
Minnesota Opera's New Works Initiative commissions a new opera based on Stephen King's novel The Shining. Music by Paul Moravec, libretto by Mark Campbell. To premiere in 2015-2016. http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/223775631.html
Approaching Ali, a chamber family opera commissioned by Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, opens at Kennedy Center, June 8 and 9. Music: D.J. Sparr. Libretto: Mark Campbell and Davis Miller,(Based on The Tao of Muhammad Ali by Davis Miller).
The New Works Initiative at Minnesota Opera commissions a new opera based on the novel The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon, for 2014-15, with music by Kevin Puts, libretto by Mark Campbell. http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/08/an-opera-based-on-the-manchurian-candidate/
Silent Night opens in Philadelphia to great acclaim. Some reviews:
Ft. Worth Opera, under the direction of Darren K. Woods announces it will produce Silent Night in 2014:
Cincinnati Operas announces it will produce Silent Night in 2014.
American Opera Initiative, a composer/librettist training program created by Christina Scheppelmann for Washington National Opera starts its second year under the direction of Francesca Zambello. Once again the mentors are Jake Heggie, Anne Manson and Mark Campbell.
American Opera Projects has engaged Mark Campbell to serve as librettist mentor for their composer/librettist program, beginning Fall 2013.
Thoroughfare, a song cycle with music by Conrad Cummings and lyrics by Mark Campbell, is commissioned by tenor Keith Jameson. It will premiere in ealry 2014.
American Lyric Theatre has engaged Matk Campbell and Paul Moravec to serve as librettist and composer mentors, respectively, for the composer and librettist training program beginning in Fall, 2013.
The recording of Rappahannock County is released by Naxos. The CD may be purchased here: http://www.amazon.com/Gordon-Campbell-Rappahannock-County/dp/B00BXFE7Y6
Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a short libretto from Mark Campbell for Missy Mazzoli, OP's composer-in-residence this year. The mini-opera is called A Flourish of Green.
American Opera Projects will be working with composer Laura Kaminsky, librettists Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed on a new theatrical song cycle about a transgender person’s journey. Kimberly Reed will serve as co-librettist on the project.
This month’s Opera News includes Mark Campbell in their list of twenty-five people "poised...to become major forces in opera in the coming decade. " Brian Kellow wrote a lovely profile that includes a quote by playwright and book writer Michael Slade (for which he was remunerated generously). Here's the link: http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2012/8/Features/Mark_Campbell.html
The Inspector is released by Wolf Trap Recordings. CD may be purchased here:
The cover of the CD features the original artwork of designer Richard Manville (www.richardmanville.com).
Three operas with librettos by Mark Campbell will be performed by universities this year:
Volpone (Composer: John Musto): Rice University, Houston, Nov. 8, 9, 11
Later the Same Evening (Composer: John Musto): Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Nov. 9
Bastianello/Lucrezia (Composers: John Musto/William Bolcom): Northwestern University, Chicago, November 9 & 11
Volpone, Montreal University, February, 2013.
Rappahannock County chosen as by Austin Critics Chosen as Austin Chronicle's "Top Ten Theatrical Wonders of 2011"
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