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Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand librettists in contemporary opera, profiled in Opera News as an artist “poised ... to become a major force in opera in the coming decade.” Mark’s most known work is the libretto for Silent Night, which garnered a 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music for composer Kevin Puts. The opera premiered at Minnesota Opera in 2011, aired on PBS’ Great Performances in 2013 and has entered the opera repertory with an unprecedented rapidity since its premiere, produced by Opera Philadelphia, Ft. Worth Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Calgary Opera, Ireland’s Wexford Festival and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, with future productions scheduled at Opéra de Montréal, among others.

Mark’s other successful operas include Later the Same Evening (Composer: John Musto; University of Maryland), As One (Composer: Laura Kaminsky, Co-Librettist: Kimberly Reed; American Opera Projects at Brooklyn Academy of Music), Volpone (Composer John Musto; Wolf Trap Opera), Approaching Ali (Composer D.J. Sparr; Washington National Opera), Rappahannock County (Composer: Ricky Ian Gordon; Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival), The Inspector (Composer: John Musto; Wolf Trap Opera), A Letter to East 11th Street (Composer: Martin Hennessy; American Opera Projects) and Bastianello/Lucrezia (Composers: John Musto/William Bolcom; New York Festival of Song, Weill Recital Hall).

As a lyricist, Mark penned the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, which premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and has since been produced around the world. Other musicals include The Other Room, The Audience, And The Curtain Rises, Chang & Eng, and Splendora.

Mark has received many other prestigious prizes for his work, including a Grammy® nomination for Best Classical Recording, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, three Drama Desk nominations, a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship and the first Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award.

A passionate advocate for contemporary American opera, Mark serves as the librettist mentor in the following organizations that train the next generation of opera writers: American Opera Projects (where he has a chair named after him), Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, American Lyric Theatr, and the Composer-in-Residence Program for Opera Philadelphia.

Recordings include: the Grammy®-nominated Volpone, (Wolf Trap Recordings), Later the Same Evening (Albany Records), The Inspector (Wolf Trap Recordings), Bastianello/Lucrezia (Bridge Classical), Rappahannock County (Nonesuch) and Songs from an Unmade Bed (Sh-k-Boom Records).

Upcoming operas include: The Whole Truth (composer Robert Paterson, UrbanArias 2015), Memory Boy (composer Reinaldo Moya, Minnesota Opera, 2015), Burke+Hare (composer Julian Grant, Music-Theatre Group, 2016), The Shining (composer Paul Moravec, Minnesota Opera, 2016), The Trial of Elizabeth Cree (composer Kevin Puts, Opera Philadelphia, 2017), and Dinner at Eight (composer William Bolcom, Minnesota Opera, 2017),