OPERA America Announces 2023 Winner of Campbell Opera Librettist Prize

By David Salazar

OPERA American has announced that Deborah Brevoort has won the Campbell Opera Librettist Prize.

She will take home $7,000 for creative development and career advancement.

Brevoort is an alum of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and has written librettos for nine operas including “The Knock,” Embedded,” “Steal a Pencil for Me,” and “Dinner 4 3.” Her works have premiered at such companies as The Glimmerglass Festival, On Site Opera, Decameron Opera Coalition, and Chicago Opera Theater, among others.

Breevort was selected from an applicant pool of over 30 librettists. The panel of judges included mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert, librettist Michael Korie, composer-lyricist, playwright, and director Jesse Sanchez, librettist Sokunthary Svay, playwright Richard Wesley, and UrbanArias founder and general director Robert Wood.

“Deborah Brevoort is an ideal choice for this year’s prize,” said famed librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell in an official press statement. “She has a history of writing librettos that connect directly with audiences and a profound understanding of the craft that goes into this very specialized art form. She has also shown strong support for the writing community, and I couldn’t be more pleased that she will be succeeding me as co-chair of the Dramatists Guild Opera Committee.”

“I’m simply over the moon at being selected for this honor,” added Brevoort. “Mark Campbell is a mensch. To lift up other opera librettists through this award is such a generous, gracious thing to do. Thank you, Mark. Thank you, OPERA America.”