Mark Campbell


Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand librettists working in opera today. In eight years, he was written librettos for nine operatic works, including: Volpone (Wolf Trap Foundation for the Arts, music by John Musto); Later the Same Evening (National Gallery of Art/University of Maryland, Manhattan School of Music, Glimmerglass Festival, music by Musto), Bastianello and Lucrezia (New York Festival of Song, music by Musto and William Bolcom); The Inspector (Wolf Trap Opera. Boston Lyric Opera, music by Musto), Rappahannock County (Virginia Opera, Virginia Arts Festival, University of Texas Performing Arts Center, music by Ricky Ian Gordon), and Silent Night (Minnesota Opera, music by Kevin Puts), which was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.


As a lyricist, Mark penned all of the lyrics for Songs from an Unmade Bed, a theatrical song cycle with music by 18 composers including Jake Heggie and Duncan Sheik (New York Theatre Workshop). The show has since been produced in many venues around the world. Other musicals for which he has written lyrics include: And the Curtain Rises, book by Michael Slade, music by Joseph Thalken (DC’s Signature Theatre); The Audience (The Transport Group), Splendora, book by Peter Webb, music by Stephen Hoffman (American Place Theatre), Akin, music by Richard Peaslee (Music-Theatre Group), and Light Shall Lift Them (Harvey Theatre, Brooklyn Next Wave Festival). 

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. Recordings soon to be released: Rappahannock County and The Inspector.

Mark’s awards include: first recipient of the Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, three Drama Desk Award nominations, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award and a Grammy nomination.

April 2013

Mark Campbell