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, The Shining, Dinner At Eight, The Manchurian Candidate and Memory Boy. A prolific writer, Mark has created 36 opera librettos, lyrics for 7 musicals and text for 5 song cycles and 2 oratorios. His other works are Sanctuary Road, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, As One, Elizabeth Cree, Stonewall, Later the Same Evening, The Nefarious, Immoral But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare, The Other Room, A Letter to East 11th Street, Some Light Emerges, Today It Rains, Rappahannock County, The Inspector, Volpone, Bastianello/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. Mark also mentors future generations of opera composers and librettists through such organizations as the American Opera Project, American Lyric Theatre and the American Opera Initiative. Upcoming premieres include: A Nation of Others for the Oratorio Society of New York (Paul Moravec, composer), The Secret River for Opera Orlando (Stella Sung, composer), Supermax for Opera Saratoga, (Stewart Wallace, composer), Stone Soup for Ft. Worth Opera (Joe Illick, composer), A Thousand Acres for Des Moines Metro Opera (Kristin Kuster, composer) and Les Girls for Théatre du Châtelet. (Cole Porter, composer).

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