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Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of the current contemporary opera scene in this country. A prolific writer, Mark has produced twenty-eight opera librettos, lyrics for seven musicals, text for five song cycles and one oratorio and his works for the stage have been performed at more than sixty venues around the world. The composers with whom he collaborates represent a roster of the most eminent composers in classical music and include three Pulitzer Prize winners. Mark consistently demonstrate a versatility in subject matter, style, and tone, an adeptness at creating successful work for both large and intimate venues.
Mark’s best-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music and is one of the most frequently performed operas in recent history. After its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work was broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and continues to be produced by many opera companies around the country. His other successful operas include As One, Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/ Lucrezia, Manchurian Candidate The Inspector, Approaching Ali, A Letter to East 11th Street, and most recently, The Shining.