Librettist Mark Campbell Talks at the Sarasota Opera

Posted by Sharyn Lonsdale on 29th September 2016

At dinner on the beach his first night at the Hermitage Mark Campbell regaled us with backstage stories until the stars were out. This year his operas will premiere at the Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the Santa Fe Opera. You too can come under the spell of his words by just showing up at the Sarasota Opera House at 10:30 am Oct. 26. Click Mark, whose opera Silent Night received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, will talk about the recent boon in contemporary American opera, the joys and challenges of working in the art form, and give a preview of the five new operas he premieres in 2017.

Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the fifteen plus operas he has written, his most known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer in Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark’s other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, Memory Boy, The Manchurian Candidate, and most recently, The Shining.

Mark has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy® nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan 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 Opera Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence Program.

He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for Santa Fe Opera.

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