Mark Campbell

Librettist Mark Campbell, whose work has received a Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award, is happy to be premiering his 6th opera with Minnesota Opera; the others he has co-created for the company are Silent Night (Kevin Puts, composer)The Shining (Paul Moravec, composer)Dinner at Eight (William Bolcom, composer)The Manchurian Candidate (Kevin Puts, composer), and Memory Boy (Reinaldo Moya, composer). Mark has created 40 opera librettos, lyrics for 7 musicals and text for 8 song cycles and 3 oratorios. His many works include Sanctuary RoadThe (R)evolution of Steve JobsAs OneElizabeth CreeStonewallLater the Same Evening, A Thousand Acres, The Secret River, The NefariousImmoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. HareThe Other Room, Today It RainsRappahannock CountyStone SoupVolponeBastianello/Lucrezia, and Songs from an Unmade Bed. Other awards include: the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, the first Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award, and a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. In 2020, Mark created the annual Campbell Opera Librettist Prize, the first award in the history of opera to honor librettists; he funds the award which is administered by OPERA America. He also co-created and funds the True Voice Award to help in the training of transgender singers. Upcoming premieres include: A Nation of Others for the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall (Paul Moravec, composer); Unruly Sun for Orchestre classique de Montréal (Matthew Ricketts, composer); Supermax for Long Beach Opera (Stewart Wallace, composer; Michael Korie, co-librettist) and All Shall Rise for the Oratorio Society of New York at Carnegie Hall (Paul Moravec, composer).

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