Mark Adamo

Born in 1962, Adamo is acclaimed by critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment.” He has lately ventured into symphonic composition, choral work, and stage direction with striking assurance. Adamo first attracted national attention with the libretto and score to his uniquely successful début opera, Little Women, after the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women has since enjoyed over fifty-five national and international engagements. Composer-in-residence at New York City Opera from 2001 through 2006, where he led the VOX: Showcasing American Composers program, Mark Adamo also served as Master Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2003, when he coached teams of composers and librettists in developing their work for the stage. Adamo began his education in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where, as a freshman in the Dramatic Writing Program, he received the Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate achievement in playwriting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude in composition in 1990 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Theodore Presser prize for outstanding undergraduate achievement in composition.

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New Works Sampler 2015
New Works Sampler 2013
The Next Stage2001

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Pittsburgh Festival OperaLysistrata7/22/2020 - 7/23/2020
Annapolis OperaLittle Women11/3/2017 - 11/5/2017
Michigan Opera TheatreLittle Women3/11/2017 - 3/12/2017
Eugene OperaLittle Women5/13/2016 - 5/13/2016
Madison OperaLittle Women2/5/2016 - 2/7/2016
Pittsburgh OperaLittle Women1/23/2016 - 1/31/2016
Dallas OperaBecoming Santa Claus12/4/2015 - 12/12/2015
Opera on the JamesLittle Women3/3/2014 - 3/30/2014
San Francisco OperaThe Gospel of Mary Magdalene6/6/2013 - 7/7/2013
Fort Worth OperaLysistrata, The Nude Goddess5/5/2012 - 6/6/2012
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaLittle Women3/3/2011 - 3/20/2011
Pensacola OperaLittle Women1/1/2011 - 1/23/2011
Calgary Opera AssociationLittle Women1/1/2010 - 2/5/2010
Syracuse OperaLittle Women5/3/2009 - 5/5/2009
OperaDelawareLittle Women5/5/2008 - 5/10/2008
Seagle Music ColonyLysistrata, The Nude Goddess8/2/2007 - 8/8/2007
Kentucky OperaLittle Women1/1/2006 - 1/29/2006
Skylight Music TheatreLittle Women9/1/2005 - 10/1/2005
Dayton OperaLittle Women4/1/2005 - 4/10/2005
Houston Grand OperaLysistrata, The Nude Goddess3/1/2005 - 3/19/2005
Fort Worth OperaLittle Women1/1/2005 - 1/9/2005
Chautauqua OperaLittle Women8/5/2002 - 8/8/2002
Glimmerglass FestivalLittle Women7/7/2002 - 7/28/2002
Minnesota OperaLittle Women4/4/2002 - 4/21/2002
Opera OmahaLittle Women3/3/2002 - 3/10/2002
Charlottesville OperaLittle Women7/7/2001 - 7/29/2001
Central City OperaLittle Women6/30/2001 - 7/28/2001
Houston Grand OperaLittle Women3/3/2000 - 3/18/2000
Houston Grand OperaLittle Women3/1/1998 - 3/15/1998

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