Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of today’s contemporary opera scene in this country. His 15+ librettos demonstrate enormous versatility in subject, style, and tone, and adeptness at designing dramas for both large and intimate venues. The composers with whom he collaborates -- among them the most eminent in today’s classical music world -- include three Pulitzer Prize winners. A musical theatre lyricist as well as a librettist, and himself the winner of many awards, Mark penned the lyrics for the eighteen-composer theatrical song cycle Songs from an Unmade Bed and for such musicals as Splendora, The Audience, and Chang & Eng.
Mark’s best known opera, Silent Night, received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, is one of the most frequently-performed recent operas, and has been broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances. His many other successes concern subjects as varied as gender issues and disease (As One, A Letter to East 11th Street) and political corruption (Manchurian Candidate, The Inspector), present updated views of classic English and Italian comedies (Volpone and Bastianello/Lucrezia), dramatize the world of art (Edward Hopper in Later the Same Evening and Georgia O’Keefe in Today It Rains) or consider, in Approaching Ali, race and fame.
In addition to his creative work, Mark is an advocate for contemporary American opera and has mentored aspiring writers through a wide range of academic and performance organizations across the continent, among them American Opera Projects, the University of Colorado’s New Opera Workshop, Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative and Opera Philadelphia’s Composer-in-Residence Program.