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LIBRETTIST

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 2017-19 Sackler Music Composition Prize to commission 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 Mapremiered at the University of Connecticut in March 2019. 


Other operatic works include Tienda (2019) with composer Reinaldo Moya for the Schubert Club of Minnesota; Nullipara (2018) with composer D. J. Sparr for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; and Camelot Requiem (2013) with composer Joshua Bornfield for the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Vincent has also written two highly-acclaimed comic adaptations of Mozart operas: The Figaro Project, based on Le Nozze di Figaro (The Figaro Project, 2009; The Zeiders American Dream Theatre, 2015), and Who Killed Don Giovanni?, based on Don Giovanni (The Figaro Project, 2011; Cowtown Opera, 2019). In 2021, Vincent and composer Timothy C. Takach advanced to the finals of the Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize for their work, Computing Venus, based on the life of astronomer Maria Mitchell.   


Also noted for her work in song repertoire, Vincent has had works premiered at the Oxford Lieder Festival, WigmoreHall, and Carnegie Hall, including Godiva (2019) with composer Juliana Hall and Little Black Book (2019) with composer Susan LaBarr. Other song works include Modern Muse with composer Kevin Wilt, Sentiment with composer Juliana Hall, and Thanks a Latte with composer Lori Laitman.  In December 2020, bass-baritone Zachary James premiered AHAB, Vincent’s most recent collaboration with Juliana Hall, as part of the award-winning visual album Call Out.  


A classically-trained ballet dancer and former professional opera singer, Vincent was the Artistic Director of The Figaro Project (opera company) in Baltimore, Maryland from 2009 to 2015.