"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 highly-competitive Sackler Music Composition Prize to fund a new one-hour 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 works include the opera Tienda (2019) with composer Reinaldo Moya for the Schubert Club of Minnesota, Nullipara (2018) and Ella Que Llora (2019) with composer D. J. Sparr, and the monodrama Sentiment (2019) with composer Juliana Hall.
Upcoming premieres include Godiva (2019), a song cycle with composer Juliana Hall for mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and the Oxford Lieder Festival; Little Black Book, a song cycle with composer Susan LaBarr for Loralee Songer and Carnegie Hall; and a revised production of Vincent's comedic adaptation, Who Killed Don Giovanni?, with Cowtown Opera in Calgary.