The Manchurian Candidate

Music by Kevin Puts. Libretto by Mark Campbell. Based on the novel by Richard Condon. A New Works Initiative production. Music director and conductor, Michael Christie.

Action, revelation, and paranoia, with occasional breaks for romance


Return of the All-American Composer 

— Star Tribune

A fast-paced thriller 

— Classical MPR

Politics and paranoia collide in this heart-pounding new opera. An American soldier, decorated during the Korean War, is brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin in a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Can a fellow POW crack the code in time to stop him? This taut and suspenseful thriller is the highly anticipated second opera by the creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night.

World premiere March 2015. Estimated run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.


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