Premiering in 2021

I’m delighted to report that Santa Fe Opera has announced the premiere of my opera with John Corigliano, The Lord of Cries, for July of 2021. John, I, and the peerless Anthony Roth Costanza, who will play the title rôle, talk a bit about the project here; and the opera company has more details here.


The Lord of Cries

The Lord of Cries

My libretto, to John Corigliano’s score, retells the story of Euripides’ The Bacchae with the characters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Santa Fe Opera has announced its world premiere for July 2021. 


Mark Adamo - Little Women

Little Women

My 1998 adaptation of the Alcott novel has become, I am grateful to note, one of the most frequently performed American operas of the century.


Mark Adamo - Lysistrata


In ancient Athens, the women won’t make love until the men make peace. The premise is Aristophanes’: but there’s a bit of Antigone’s dilemma—do  belong to my city, or myself?—that I wove into this tragicomedy from 2005…


Mark Adamo - The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The New Testament reimagined through the eyes of its lone substantial female character, in which difficult desires and a strong sense of destiny haunt two generations of Jesus’ family. San Francisco Opera commissioned and introduced the piece in 2013: sparks flew…


Mark Adamo - Becoming Santa Claus

Becoming Santa Claus

A selfish Prince, a desperate Queen, 4 harried Elves, a mysterious Donkey, and a star in the West: an invented backstory of the young Santa Claus dances with the Nativity myth in my 2015 piece for Dallas Opera.


Mark Adamo watch this space

Watch This Space

I’m not at liberty to share details yet: but I am happily at work on a new piece—unlike anything I’ve done before—which has its creative team and its (amazing) leading player in place, and which is scheduled for premiere in spring of 2024.



Billy Collins’ poem of the same name forms the spine of this 15-minute score I composed in 2015 for baritone Thomas Hampson and the Jupiter String Quartet.


Cello Concerto

Last Year

The pandemic postponed its premiere, but I composed this concerto for cello and string orchestra for soloist Jeffrey Ziegler and a consortium of four orchestras.


The Christmas Life

A setting of Wendy Cope’s lovely poem for chorus and chamber orchestra premiered by San Francisco’s Volti chamber choir.