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Campbell Opera Librettist Prize

The Campbell Opera Librettist Prize is awarded annually to an American librettist who has exceptional talent for writing opera librettos, with a growing body of work that is making a substantial contribution to the American opera literature; and who demonstrates experience writing for opera/music theater and a commitment to making opera a central part of their artistic work and career.

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

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 have U.S. citizenship, permanent residence, or DACA status may apply.

Application Cycle
Application available online: February 27, 2023
Intent to apply deadline: March 24, 2023
Full application deadline: April 21, 2023
Adjudication: May 2023
Applicant notification: June 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

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