Alice Goodman

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Alice Goodman
Born1958 (age 60–61)
St. Paul, Minnesota
Occupationpoet, priest
NationalityUnited States
Genrepoetry, opera
SpouseGeoffrey Hill

Alice Goodman (born 1958) is an American poet and librettist. She is also an Anglican priest, working in England.[1]


She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and attended and graduated from Breck School. She was educated at Harvard University and Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied English and American literature. She received her Master of Divinity degree from the Boston University School of Theology. She has written the libretti for two of the operas of John Adams (Nixon in China and The Death of Klinghoffer) and the text of a cantata by Tarik O'Regan (A Letter of Rights).[2] Goodman resumed writing with John Adams on the opera Doctor Atomic, but withdrew from this project after a year.

She was raised as a Reform Jew, but converted to Christianity as an adult.[3] In 2006, Alice Goodman took up the post of chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge,[4] and in 2011 became Rector of a group of parishes in Cambridgeshire including Fulbourn.[5]

Goodman married the noted British poet Geoffrey Hill in 1987. The couple have one daughter, Alberta.[6]


  1. ^ White (30 August 2005) p. E2
  2. ^ "Celebrating Magna Carta in music". BBC. June 14, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Berman, Paul (October 23, 2014). "Klinghoffer at the Met". Tablet. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  4. ^ Trinity College
  5. ^ "Fulbourn Village Guide". 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ Mansfield (22 August 2005)

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