Cited by The Washington Post as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music,” Laura Kaminsky’s works are “masterful” San Francisco Classical Voice) and “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide). Hometown to the World (librettist Kimberly Reed; Santa Fe/San Francisco Operas: Opera For All Voices Consortium) premieres in 2020. Wright (librettist Andrea Fellows Walters) premieres with Dayton Opera (2021). Composer Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, Kaminsky is head of composition at Purchase College Conservatory of Music /SUNY. She serves on the boards of Opera America and the Hermitage Artist Retreat. Scores: Bill Holab Music. Recordings: Albany, Bridge, BSS, CRI, Capstone, Mode, MSR labels. She is a BMI composer.
The work of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist and lyricist Mark Campbell is at the forefront of the contemporary opera scene in the U.S. He has written 32 opera librettos, lyrics for 7 musicals, text for 5 song cycles and 2 oratorios—and his works have been performed at more than 85 venues around the world. His best known operas are Silent Night, The Shining, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Stonewall, Bastianello/Lucrezia, Volpone, Later the Same Evening and Elizabeth Cree. Upcoming premieres include: Edward Tulane for Minnesota Opera, A Nation of Others for the Oratorio Society of New York, The Secret River for Opera Orlando, Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World for Ft. Worth Opera. Supermax for Opera Saratoga and the musical Les Girls for Théâtre Du Châtelet.
Filmmaker and writer Kimberly Reed was recently commissioned by a consortium of opera companies led by Santa Fe and San Francisco Opera to write Hometown to the World, premiering in 2020. She co-wrote the libretti for Today It Rains (Opera Parallèle) and Some Light Emerges (Houston Grand Opera) with Mark Campbell. Her song cycle “Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin” premiered at the Library of Congress in 2017. Reed’s written work is published in “The Moth,” a New York Times best-seller. Her documentary film Prodigal Sons won 14 awards and was released in theaters and broadcast worldwide. Her Sundance award-winning 2018 documentary Dark Money was promptly named by Vogue magazine as one of the 66 “Best Documentaries of All Time” and shortlisted for the Academy Awards.