Artist: Mark Adamo
Composer-librettist Mark Adamo just opened his fourth full-length opera, Becoming Santa Claus, commissioned by The Dallas Opera and given its première there December 2015. Becoming Santa Claus succeeds The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (San Francisco Opera, June 2013); Lysistrata (Houston Grand Opera, 2005; New York City Opera, 2006; Washington National Opera, 2008; and Fort Worth Opera, 2012) and Little Women (100+ international productions; CD release, 2002; Blu-ray/DVD release, 2010.) Chamber commissions include Aristotle, introduced to New York, Boston, and Davis, California by Thomas Hampson and the Jupiter String Quartet, under the auspices of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Racer’s Widow, for New York Festival of Song, introduced by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, pianist Steven Blier, and cellist jay Campbell; Regina Coeli, for harp and strings, for Washington’s Eclipse Chamber Orchestra; and August Music, for flute duo and string quartet, for the Constella Festival.
Adamo’s first concerto, Four Angels: Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, was commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in 2007. Its slow movement, Regina Coeli, is featured on Late Victorians, (2008) Eclipse Chamber Orchestra’s all-Adamo recording for Naxos, which includes first recordings of Late Victorians, his cantata for singer, narrator, and chamber orchestra; Alcott Music, a suite from Little Women; and the Overture to Lysistrata.
His choral work has been commissioned and performed by Chanticleer, Conspirare, The Esoterics, The Gregg Smith Singers, Choral Arts Society in Washington, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and The New York Virtuoso Singers. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer.
- New York, New York
- Alcott Music (Suite from “Little Women”) (2007)God's Grandeur (1996)Have Peace, Jo (from Little Women) (1998)Late Victorians (1994)Little Women (1998)Lysistrata, or The Nude Goddess (2004)Overture to Lysistrata (2005)Pied Beauty (1998)The Christmas Life (2014)
- Late VictoriansLittle Women
American Lyric Theatre’s Composer – Librettist Development Program (NYC)
New York University’s Steinhardt School
Houston Grand Opera
New York City Opera
San Francisco Opera
Composer-in-residence at New York City Opera (2001-2006)
Master Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts (2003)
Tisch School of the Arts at New York University
Catholic University of America
Mark Adamo was giving a lecture to opera students when one asked him, “Is opera thriving? Collapsing? Mutating?” To which he answered, “Yes.” The beloved opera composer and librettist explains his reply.