Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of the current contemporary opera scene in this country. He has written more than 15 librettos, five of which will premiere in 2017–and the roster of composers with whom he has worked represent many of the most notable composers of our time. His most 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. His other successful operas include As One, Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, The Manchurian Candidate, The Inspector, and most recently, The Shining. His musicals include: Songs from an Unmade Bed, Splendora and Chang&Eng. Awards include: a Grammy nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Larson Foundation Award, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship, and the first Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award. Mark also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatre, the University of Colorado’s New Opera Workshop, and Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Premieres in 2017 include: Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia, Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare for Boston Lyric Opera and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for Santa Fe Opera.