In 1972 he composed the music and his wife, Elaine, wrote the lyrics for The Wonder of it All, a musical drama based on the life of Emily Carr. He also produced Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and opera for television. His opera productions include Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with Maureen Forrester in 1970 and Puccini's La Rondine with Teresa Stratas in 1972. Music East, Music West, Campbell's filmed account of the Toronto Symphony's historic tour through China, was honoured by the Canadian Music Council in 1978. In 1986 he won a Gemini for his 1985 CBC-TV version of the Stratford Festival's Pirates of Penzance. In 1986 as well, he produced and directed the CBC's version of the Canadian Opera Company's Onegin and the COC's Dialogue of the Carmelites.
Campbell also worked in the USA and directed TV specials for Diana Ross, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Williams in addition to episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and All in the Family.
He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1975 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.
'Conquering China,' The Canadian, 30 Sep 1978
'Norman Campbell and television,' OpCan, Fall 1972
'Notes on a career in musicals and television,' CanComp, 89, Mar 1974
Batten, Jack. 'Cool hand Campbell,' The Canadian, 30 Sep 1978
Schulman, Michael. 'Interview,' The FM Guide, Jul-Aug 1982
Gilmour, Clyde. 'Norman Campbell hates hot-air hand dryers,' Toronto Star, 21 Aug 1982
Cuff, John Haslett. 'Making the cameras dance with the performers,' Toronto Globe and Mail, 1 Apr 1989
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Music Centre
Search the extensive CMC website for Canadian composer biographies and interviews, music scores, online newsletters, audio clips, podcasts, and more. Check out "CentreStreams" to listen to online archived recordings featuring outstanding Canadian composers.
The History of Canadian Broadcasting
This site is dedicated to the visionary pioneers who created Canada’s broadcasting industry. Features profiles of members of the CAB Hall of Fame and much more. From the Canadian Communications Foundation.
CBC: Norman Campbell
Norman Campbell reminisces about his prolific career in music and television in this 1982 audio clip from CBC Radio's "Variety Tonight."
Anne of Green Gables
A brief article about the many theatrical versions of Lucy Maude Montgomery's book “Anne of Green Gables.” From the “Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.”
Beyond Green Gables: The Life of Lucy Maud Montgomery
Watch video clips the from the CBC Archives that focus on the life and literary legacy of author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Includes a CBC documentary clip about the creation of "Anne of Green Gables: The Musical" by Don Harron and Norman Campbell.