Program

Campbell Opera Librettist Prize

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is awarded annually to an American librettist who demonstrates exceptional talent and experience for writing opera librettos, with the potential for making a substantial contribution to the American opera literature; and who is committed to making opera a central part of their artistic work and career.

Conceived and funded by acclaimed librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell, the Prize is the first award in the history of American opera that specifically recognizes the opera librettist.

It is designed to highlight the crucial role librettists play in the creation and success of new operatic works, and inspire a new generation of writers to dedicate their pens to opera and music theater

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is supported by Mark Campbell.

Prize Details

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize bestows a $7,000 award each year to a librettist chosen from applicants by a panel of independent experts.

Eligibility: Librettists who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States may apply.

Application Cycle
Application available online: November 2022
Intent to apply deadline: January 11, 2023
Full application deadline: February 10, 2023
Adjudication: March 2023
Applicant notification: April 2023
How to Apply

Review the prize guidelines and application worksheets to apply. All applications must be submitted through OPERA America’s grants dashboard.

Guidelines & Worksheets
Below you will find the guidelines, intent to apply questions, and application questions from the previous cycle of this program. They are for reference purposes only, and are intended to provide an understanding of the program in advance of the release of this year's guidelines and questions. 

For questions about applications or eligibility, contact us at Grants@operaamerica.org or 646.699.5236.


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