Laura Kaminsky is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times). Recently cited in The Washington Post as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music,” her scores often address issues such as sustainability, war, and human rights. Her music is “full of fire as well as ice, written in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.” (American Record Guide) Recent collaborations with Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed since As One (2014): Some Light Emerges (Houston Grand Opera) and Today It Rains (Opera Parallèle/American Opera Projects). Also, a new opera with Reed inspired by the Postville, Iowa, immigration raid for a consortium led by Santa Fe and San Francisco Operas. Head of composition at Purchase College Conservatory of Music/SUNY, she is composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects.
Mark Campbell’s work as a librettist is at the forefront of the current contemporary opera scene in this country. He has written more than 18 librettos, his best known work being Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other successful operas include Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/ Lucrezia, The Manchurian Candidate and The Shining. Awards include: a Grammy® nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Larson Foundation Award, and a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship. Premieres in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for Santa Fe Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia, The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare for Boston Lyric Opera.
Kimberly Reed designed projections for and wrote As One with co-librettist Mark Campbell,
composed by Laura Kaminsky. The team then collaborated on Some Light Emerges (Houston
Grand Opera) and the forthcoming Today It Rains (Opera Parallèle). Santa Fe and San Francisco Operas have commissioned her to write the libretto for Postville, again with Kaminsky. Her written work is collected in “The Moth,” a New York Times best-seller. She has held fellowships at NYFA, Yaddo, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, and the Hermitage. Her documentary film Prodigal Sons premiered at the Telluride film festival and garnered 14 international awards. Her documentary Dark Money will premiere at the Sundance film festival in 2018. One of Filmmaker magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” she has been featured on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Moth Radio Hour, and the Oprah Winfrey Show.