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.

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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. Preliminary run time of 2 hours and 2 minutes, with one intermission.

Sung in English with English captions projected above the stage.

  • Synopsis

    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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  • Behind the Curtain

    February 16, 2015 at 7pm at the Minnesota Opera Center.

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, creative process, and production behind The Manchurian Candidate. Led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley, this event features talks and performances by artists and members of the opera’s creative team.



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