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.

I found myself leaning forward in my seat

Classical MPR

Attention, Pulitzer Board: Minnesota has another contender


Another winner, an exciting roller-coaster ride

Star Tribune

Not to be missed



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 7 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.


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    Mrs. Lowe introduces five soldiers, Ben Marco, Ed Malvole, Bobby Lembeck, Andrew Hanley and Raymond Shaw to her “garden club.” From the start, it is clear all is not as it should be…

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