MARK CAMPBELL

LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST

APPROACHING ALI

APPROACHING ALI

Libretto co-written with Davis Miller, based on his memoir

The Tao of Mohammed Ali

COMPOSERD.J. Sparr

Approaching Ali is a family opera that tells the story of a young boy in North Carolina in the early 1960s who overcomes the loss of his mother and the trauma of being bullied when he sees Muhammad Ali on television for the first time. More than 20 years later, as a writer on the brink of middle age, he seeks to rekindle that spirit by visiting his boyhood hero in person at the home of Ali’s mother in Louisville.