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Mark Campbell is proud to be working on his fourth commission from Minnesota Opera: Dinner at Eight, with the great composer William Bolcom. His other commissions from the company are Silent Night in 2012 (Kevin Puts, composer) and The Manchurian Candidate in 2015 (Kevin Puts, composer), and The Shining in 2016 (Paul Moravec, composer).

Mark was cited in Opera News as one of twenty-five artists “poised to become major forces in opera in the coming decade.” He has worked with or is currently working with a roster of notable composers, including Mark Adamo, Mason Bates, Lembit Beecher,William Bolcom, Conrad Cummings, Ricky Ian Gordon, Julian Grant, Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Martin Hennessy, Laura Kaminsky, Marisa Michelson, Missy Mazzoli, Paul Moravec, Kevin Puts, Richard Peaslee, DJ Sparr and Michael Torke.

Mark’s most known work is Silent Night, which garnered a 2012 Pulitzer Prize. The Minnesota Opera production of the work appeared on PBS’ Great Performances earlier this year; it was also produced in Philadelphia and Ft. Worth and will soon be seen in Cincinnati, Calgary, Montreal, Kansas City and in a new production for Wexford. Other successful operas include Volpone, Later the Same Evening, Bastianello (all with composer John Musto), Rappahannock County (with composer Ricky Ian Gordon) and Lucrezia (with composer William Bolcom).

Mark has received many other prestigious awards for his work. Volpone received a 2010 Grammy® nomination for Best Classical Recording. He also received the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, the Domenic J. Pellicciotti Prize, two Richard Rodgers Awards and a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.As a lyricist, Mark penned the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with music by 18 composers. The show premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and has since been produced around the world. Other musicals for which he has written lyrics include: The Audience, Chang & Eng, and Splendora.

Recordings of Mark’s works include the Grammy®-nominated Volpone, (Wolf Trap Recordings), Later the Same Evening (Albany Records), Bastianello/Lucrezia (Bridge Classical) and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Sh-k-Boom Records). Songs from an Unmade Bed and Silent Night are also published by Bill Holab Music.

Mark has also become an advocate for contemporary American opera and mentors future generations of opera writers through such organizations as American Lyric Theatre, Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, the Virginia Arts Festival/John Duffy Composers Institute, and Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence Program.