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Encyclopedia > Mark Adamo

Mark Adamo (1962-) is an American composer and librettist who was born in Philadelphia. While his choral works include Canticle, for the chamber choir Chanticleer, and Cantate Domino, for the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the composer’s principal work has been for the opera house: the composer and librettist of the highly-regarded Little Women, he has been the composer-in-residence for New York City Opera since 2001, and the company gave the East Coast premiere of his new opera, Lysistrata, in March-April 2006. Lysistrata, hailed as “a sumptuous love story, poised between comedy and heartbreak” by Alex Ross of The New Yorker, was David Gockley’s last commission for the Houston Grand Opera, which gave the world premiere in March 2005. Mr. Adamo began his education at New York University, where 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. At New York City Opera, he curates the contemporary opera workshop series VOX: Showcasing American Composers. Adamo served as Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2003. A stage director, he has led two acclaimed productions of his Little Women in Cleveland and Milwaukee: he has annotated programs for Stagebill, the Freer Gallery of Art, and most recently for BMG Classics. His criticism and interviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Stagebill, Opera News, the Star-Ledger, and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. His works include: 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Chanticleer is the name of a rooster in the fable Chanticleer and the Fox, one version of which is told in Chaucers Canterbury Tales. ... Little Women (1998) is the first opera composed by American composer Mark Adamo to his own libretto after Louisa May Alcotts tale of growing up in New England after the American Civil War. ... The New York City Opera (NYCO) is New York Citys second opera company (after the Metropolitan Opera). ... Rosss rendition of the classic Justice League of America line-up Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ... A 2004 cover with dandy Eustace Tilly, who debuted on the first cover and reappears on anniversary issues. ... The Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... The Catholic University of America (abbreviated CUA), located in Washington, DC, is unique as the national university of the Roman Catholic Church and as the only higher education institution founded by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... The Washington Post is the largest and oldest newspaper in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. ... The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is a dictionary of music and musicians, generally considered to be one of the best general reference sources on the subject. ...


  • Little Women (1998)
  • Avow, a 10-minute chamber opera (1999)
  • Lysistrata (2005)

Selected other works

  • Late Victorians for speaker, soloists and orchestra (1995)
  • Alcott Portraits for chamber orchestra (1999)
  • The Poet Speaks of Praising for men's chorus and piano
  • QWERTYUIOP for choir and mad soprano

His partner is fellow composer John Corigliano. John Corigliano (born February 16, 1938) is an American composer of classical music. ...



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