Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of the current contemporary opera scene in this country. The fifteen plus librettos he has written—and the five new operas he premiered in 2017— demonstrate a versatility in subject matter, style, and tone, an adeptness at creating successful work for both large and intimate venues. The composers with whom he collaborates represent a roster of the most eminent composers in classical music, and include three Pulitzer Prize winners.
Mark’s 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. 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.
Other awards include the first Kleban Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Larson Foundation Award, and a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship. In addition to his writing, Mark mentors for the next generation of librettists through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatre, and the American Opera Initiative. Upcoming premieres include: Stonewall for New York City Opera, Today It Rains for Opera Paralléle, Edward Tulane for Minnesota Opera and Les Girls for Théâtre Du Châtelet. www.markcampbellwords.com