The Whole Truth
Composer: Robert Paterson
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the 15 plus operas he has written, his most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer for 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, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Shining.

Campbell 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 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.

Campbell also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatrer, 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 Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera.
Premiere Date: January 16, 2016
Description: The Whole Truth is a short comic opera for three singers—soprano, mezzo-soprano and baritone—that uses very limited production elements in its storytelling and has been written to be performed in intimate to medium-sized venues. In the opera, a young married woman named Megan (a role shared by the soprano and mezzo-soprano) carries on an affair with a fellow dentist and a dalliance with young carpenter that lead her to momentarily confront the web of lies she has created to other…and to herself. Using a single bed positioned vertically onstage and a couple of chairs, the settings include a psychiatrist’s office, Megan’s dental office, the bed of her lover, the dining table and the bed she shares with her husband, and another psychiatrist’s office. The Man (played by the baritone) employs six cardboard cutouts to help represent the roles he plays: Psychiatrist 1, The Lover, The Husband, The Carpenter and Psychiatrist 2.
Length: 0:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: Chamber version (10 instrumentalists): flute, oboe, bassoon, percussion, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, bass.
Contact: Bill Holab
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Bill Holab Music
377 Sterling Place, No. 4
Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA
1 (718) 499-3946

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