OPERA America has announced librettist Stephanie Fleischmann as the winner of the 2022 Campbell Opera Librettist Award.
Conceived and funded by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist Mark Campbell, the prize aims to raise the profile of librettists, who rarely receive recognition for their work. The award comes with a $7,000 prize to support creative and professional development.
Fleischmann, an alumnus of American Lyric Theater‘s Librettist Composer Development Program, has written seven librettos. In 2023, his work “Another City” (Jeremy Howard Beck) will premiere at Houston Grand Opera, and “The Pigeon Keeper” (David Hanlon) will premiere on Santa Fe Opera’s Opera for All Voices program.
Her current projects have seen her work with three of OPERA America’s Women Composers Opera Fellowships. These include “The Visitation“, with Christina Campanella; “Seven Sisters“, with Justine F. Chen; and “A barrel of laughter, a vale of tears“, with Julia Adolf.
“What an honor to be recognized by OPERA America’s Campbell Opera Librettist Prize,” Fleischmann said in a press release. “And to have had the privilege of finding my voice in communion with so many brilliant compatriot composers. Fusing words with music is indeed a mysterious vocation. But there’s nothing I love more than building worlds, asking questions, telling stories, dreaming up incredibly heartbreaking, soaring, mind-blowing moments in collusion with, and energized by, music. Everything is possible in opera. I am very grateful to Mark Campbell for his vision, generosity and fearless advocacy for the librettist’s contribution to this ever-evolving form.
A panel of industry leaders selected Fleischmann from a pool of 36 librettists. Panel members included Alejandra Valarino Boyer, director of Ravinia Steans Music Institute; Alison Moritz, Director and Acting General Artistic Director, Peabody Opera Theatre; Sheila Silver, composer; Talise Trevigne, soprano; and Royce Vavrek, librettist.