MARK CAMPBELL

LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST

APPROACHING ALI

Commissioner

Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative

Premiere

The Kennedy Center, 2013

Subsequent production

North Carolina Opera, 2015

Approaching Ali sure sounded like a champion Saturday night at the Kennedy Center, The applause was loud and long, a heartening reaction to witness for any freshly written opera. And there certainly was a lot to cheer in this modest-dimensioned, entertaining work.

—The Baltimore Sun

But Miller’s well-respected book—reduced to a simple yet surprisingly deep libretto by everyone’s favorite American librettist, the skillful Mark Campbell and set to music by D. J. Sparr, a composer we had previously not encountered— has been transformed into a compact, intensely emotional work of musical theater that explores the tragedies and triumphs of the human inscape in unexpected and at times powerful ways.

—The Washington Times

It’s ripe dramatic material, with an essential larger-than-life character in Mr. Ali and an apt balance of humor and pathos in the libretto.

—The New York Times

A LETTER TO EAST 11TH STREET

Winner of the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Award

Premiere: Crane School of Music, November 2014

THE OTHER ROOM

Commissioned by Paulette Haupt/Inner Voices

TBG Arts Center, October 2014

Mr. Campbell’s lyrics swirl with all of Lena’s anger and love, merging Act Up chants and gentler reminiscences, lightening the anguish with a joke or two. Lena’s verdict on the canvas.

—The New York Times

For anyone who has ever fought, lost, and forged ahead, [The Other Room] packs a mighty emotional wallop.

—Theatre Is Easy

SIX CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Premiere: Rennaisance City Choirs, Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

December 2012

THOROUGHFARE

Commissioned by tenor Ketih Jameson

Premiere: Opera America Center, September 2014

THREE LOST CHORDS

Premiere

The Zipper Theatre, 2008

Subsequent Productions

Luminato Festival (Toronto), 2010 (A Tell-Tale Heart only)

Quotes

And ghoulish though the stories are, Mr. Horne, Mr. Campbell and David Schweizer, who directs the production at the Zipper Factory Theater, have found a current of dark humor within each.

—The New York Times

Brilliant, spine-tingling....'a run don’t walk.'

—Classical 93, Toronto.