Mark Campbell – News

Minnesota Opera, “Sleep Chorus” from Silent Night

During these difficult times when most performance venues are dark, virtual performances are trying to bridge the gap in our need for culture and connection. Minnesota Opera’s wonderful chorus has done a video performance of the “Sleep Chorus” from Puts’ and Cambell’s Silent Night.

AS ONE most-produced opera in North America by a living composer

Opera America has posted a list of the top 25 operas performed in North America. Number 14 on the list is As One, (Kaminsky, Campbell, Reed) making it the top opera performed in 2016/17 by living writers. Dead Man Walking (Heggie, McNally) comes in as number 23. Congratulations to Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, Kimberly Reed, […]

Some Light Emerges premieres at Houston Grand Opera

The team that created the stunning new opera As One has reunited to create Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera’s HGOCo. Premiering in March 2017, the opera celebrates the unique and enduring impact of Houston’s Rothko Chapel, which was created by painter Mark Rothko. A stunning octagonal structure that serves as a non-denominational chapel, […]

Austin Opera’s Manchurian Candidate

In this highly charged election season, Austin Opera performs Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s The Manchurian Candidate. Originally premiered by the Minnesota Opera, the opera is part thriller, part satire, and is based on Richard Condon’s novel. Don’t miss the chance to see this second opera by the team that created the Pulitzer-winning opera, Silent […]

Paterson/Campbell’s THE WHOLE TRUTH

The Whole Truth, a new one-act opera by composer Robert Paterson and librettist Mark Campbell, was premiered in January as part of the exciting wave of new operas that overwhelmed New York City. A sold-out success that garnered uniform praise, it was paired with Stewart Copeland’s one-act opera, The Cask of Amontillado. The Whole Truth is […]

Kaminsky/Campbell/Reed to write Georgia O’Keefe Opera

San Francisco’s Opera Parallele (OP) has announced its first main stage opera commission, the creation of a new opera by American composer Laura Kaminsky inspired by the life of Georgia O’Keeffe at the time she left New York to embark on her iconic and influential experiences in New Mexico. The company has been awarded a […]

Washington Post’s Lovable New Operas

The Washington Post lists contemporary operas that audiences responded to favorably (“Readers’ Guide to Lovable New Operas“), and several BHM operas were included: Dead Man Walking Moby-Dick Silent Night The Manchurian Candidate As One There are also 10 operas on this list that we’ve engraved in our production department. Congrats to Jake Heggie, Kevin Puts, […]

Santa Fe Opera to premiere Bates/Campbell The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell collaborate on an original opera based on the life of one of the greatest innovators of our time in a new production SANTA FE, NM – General Director Charles MacKay announced today Santa Fe Opera’s next commission, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, which will have its world premiere […]

West Edge Opera brings AS ONE to the West Coast

As One illuminates the brave and painful growth of a transgender person, whose identity is still deemed “abnormal” and, more shamefully for our world, is barely recognized. The deeply normal need to unite body and soul within the boundaries of accepted human interactions has much to reveal to all of us. As One premiered at The […]

A Day in the Life of Kimberly Reed, co-librettist of AS ONE

As One co-librettist and transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed has created a video for the Op Ed page of The New York Times showing a day in her life – specifically April 7, when As One opened at Utah State University. In the video, Reed shows glimpses of the various ways she has attempted “to dispel misunderstanding and increase empathy” by […]

Songs from an Unmade Bed celebrates its 10th Anniversary

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this unique musical there will be a special one-night-only performance at Subculture on May 26. Featuring the original star, Michael Winther and Kimberly Grigsby on the piano, Peter Sachon on cello and Shane Shanahan on percussion. It promises to be a special night and will sell out quickly, so […]

The Manchurian Candidate at Minnesota Opera

Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s opera on The Manchurian Candidate will premiere at Minnesota Opera this March. Based on the novel by Richard Condon (which was subsequently made into two film versions) the opera is the second for Puts and Campbell, whose first opera Silent Night won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and has gone […]

Paterson/Campbell The Whole Truth premieres at UrbanArias

The Whole Truth is a short comic opera with music by Robert Paterson and a libretto by Mark Campbell (Bastianello & Lucrezia), based on a short story by author Stephen McCauley. A married women attempts to delude herself into thinking she can carry on two affairs at the same time.  The first with a fellow […]

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Silent Night

The Lyric Opera of Kansas City is the seventh company to produce the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night, with 4 performances on Feb. 21 through March 1.         Read the Kansas City Star’s piece about the opera The next company to produce Silent Night will be Opera de Montreal in May […]


With music and concept by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, the opera As One was given its premiere by American Opera Projects at the BAM Fisher Theater in September of 2014. The production featured a film by Kimberly Reed, and was universally praised for its honesty and originality. A rich addition […]

Wexford Opera gives the European premiere of SILENT NIGHT

Wexford Festival Opera will present the European premiere of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night, about the spontaneous Christmas truce between enemy combatants during the First World War. More details online at

Silent Night airs nationally on PBS

The world-premiere production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera broadcast nationally in December 2013 Minnesota Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Cambell’s Silent Night, a company commission which earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, was broadcast nationally on PBS, presented by National Productions (check local listings for your area). In the New York […]

OPERA America Songbook features several BHM Composers

Believing that the creation of art should mark every special occasion, OPERA America commissioned the OPERA America Songbook in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center in September 2012. Composers with strong ties to the organization were invited to write a song for voice and piano on the theme of opening a new […]

Puts-Campbell YOU NEED SONG from the Opera America Songbook

Jennifer Aylmer and Timothy Long included “You Need Song” in her recital The Americas, which she presented to a select group of OPERA America ambassadors in February. This song was part of the Opera America Songbook, available from Hal Leonard. Read more about the Songbook project here. Watch their recital performance:

Approaching Ali debuts at Washington National Opera

  In two premiere performances, composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller‘s hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter’s transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Approaching Ali features Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Soloman Howard (Joe in Show Boat) as Muhammad Ali, David Kravitz as Davis Miller, Aundi Marie Moore as Odessa […]

Silent Night East Coast Premiere

February will bring the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. With a score by Kevin Puts and a libretto by Mark Campbell, the opera was hailed as “a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French […]

The Manchurian Candidate to be Puts’ and Campbell’s Second Opera

The Minnesota Opera has announced the commission of The Manchurian Candidate for their 2014-15 season. Based on the 1959 Richard Condon political thriller that has been made into two films, the opera will reunite Puts and Campbell as collaborators. Their first project, Silent Night, earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in music for 2012.

Songs from an Unmade Bed
Songs From an Unmade Bed

Songs from an Unmade Bed is a theatrical song cycle for one performer and three musicians that explores the romantic life of a gay man living in the city. One lyricist and eighteen composers (one per song) combined to create a unique theatrical event that is funny, poignant and ultimately hopeful about love. Composers: Debra […]

Kevin Puts wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize for SILENT NIGHT

A stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart. Silent Night is in two acts by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian […]