"The stakes in the opera are immediate and riveting . . . Vincent's libretto was a luminous standout."
- The Huffington Post
Caitlin Vincent is an American librettist and lyricist whose writing has been praised as ‘nuanced and honest’ (DC Theatre Scene), ‘intriguing’ (The Baltimore Sun), and ‘a luminous standout’ (The Huffington Post).
Her opera Better Gods, with composer Luna Pearl Woolf, premiered in January 2016 at the Kennedy Center as part of Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. With sold-out performances, the work was acclaimed as ‘fascinating and heart-wrenching’ (DC Metro Theatre Arts), told ‘with brutal honesty through Caitlin Vincent’s stirring libretto’ (Broadway World). In November 2013, Vincent’s opera Uncle Alex, with composer Joshua Bornfield, was premiered by Washington National Opera as part of a trio of new 20-minute works for the American Opera Initiative. Set against the framework of Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, the work was hailed as ‘an outstanding marriage between music and words’ (Scene4 Magazine).
In August 2017, Vincent and composer Douglas Buchanan won the Sackler Music Composition Prize to fund a new opera about Bessie Coleman, the first African-American female aviator, and Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. Bessie and Ma premiered at the University of Connecticut in March 2019.
Other recent premieres include the opera Tienda (2019) with composer Reinaldo Moya for the Schubert Club of Minnesota; monodramas Nullipara (2018) and Ella Que Llora (2019) with composer D. J. Sparr; monodramas Sentiment and Godiva (2019) with composer Juliana Hall; and the comic song cycle Little Black Book (2019) with composer Susan La Barr.
A classically-trained soprano, Vincent graduated cum laude from Harvard University and holds a MM degree from the Peabody Conservatory and a PhD from Deakin University in Australia. She is on faculty at the University of Melbourne.