Mark Adamo is an American composer-librettist. He first attracted national attention with his uniquely celebrated début opera, Little Women, after the Alcott novel. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women is one of the most frequently performed American operas of the last fifteen years, with more than 135 national and international engagements in cities ranging from New York to London, Buenos Aires, Amsterdam, Minneapolis, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Adelaide, Perth, Mexico City, Brugges, Banff, Calgary, and Tokyo. While Adamo's principal work continues to be for the opera house, over the past five years, he has ventured not only into chamber music but also into symphonic and choral composition.
He began his education in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where, as a freshman in the Dramatic Writing Program, he received the Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate achievement in playwriting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude in composition in 1990 from the Catholic University of America. He and his spouse, the composer John Corigliano, divide their time between Manhattan and Kent Cliffs, New York. His music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.