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The Manchurian Candidate

Get an inside look into The Manchurian Candidate in the weeks leading up to its world premiere, March 7-15, 2015, with these community events.

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  • Trylon Microseries: MASTERPIECES OF PARANOIA

    From Like good horror films, the best paranoid thrillers are the ones that are believable, that take things utterly mundane and imbue them with inescapable dread. To celebrate Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate this March, the Opera has partnered with the Trylon to present Masterpieces of Paranoia, a series involving handsome protagonists who find their everyday lives surrounded by shadowy, nebulous forces. 

    Mondays and Tuesdays in February at the Trylon.

    The Manchurian Candidate: Monday Feb. 2 and Tuesday Feb. 3 at 7pm & 9:30pm

    Blow Out: Monday Feb. 9 and Tuesday Feb. 10 at 7pm & 9pm

    All the President’s Men: Monday Feb. 16 and Tuesday Feb. 17 at 7pm & 9:30pm

    Three Days of the Condor: Monday Feb. 23 and Tuesday Feb. 24 at 7pm & 9:15pm

    3258 Minnehaha Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

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  • Behind the Curtain

    Get the inside scoop! Behind the Curtain explores the music, history, and production of each opera. Each event will feature talks led by Minnesota Opera’s Head of Music Rob Ainsley and informative discussions with members of the cast and creative team.

    Monday, Feb. 16, 7-8:30pm

    $15/Tempo member

    To purchase, click below or call the Ticket Office, M-F, 10am-5pm, at 612-333-6669.

    Minnesota Opera Center
    620 North First Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55401

    Directions, parking, and more information

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  • Composer Conversation with Kevin Puts

    Join us at Amsterdam Bar & Hall on Feb. 18 at 7pm for an informal conversation with The Manchurian Candidate composer Kevin Puts, hosted by Classical MPR’s Emily Reese. Get a glimpse into a compositional process that creates Pulitzer Prize-winning works, and learn more about the next world premiere opera in our New Works Initiative.
    From Kevin Puts brings the raw emotional energy of his compositional style back to Minnesota Opera with the 2015 premiere of The Manchurian Candidate. Minnesota Opera’s last commission from Puts, 2011’s Silent Night, won him a Pulitzer Prize for Music, the award’s committee describing his work as “displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart.” His impactful and thought-provoking music has been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras and chamber groups across the country and abroad, and he currently serves as a member of the composition department at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore.

    “Long ago we entered in an age in which anything goes and value judgments are often to be put aside or at least aggressively relaxed, and we are supposed to accept anything that a composer throws at us, but I think [that] something either works, or it doesn’t.”Kevin Puts

    Presented by the SPCO, MPR, Minnesota Opera and American Composers Forum, Composer Conversation Series events are FREE but reservations are required. Space is limited.

    Come early and stay late! Amsterdam Bar & Hall will be serving food and drinks before, during and after this event.

    Read more about the Composer Conversation Series at

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  • Opera Viva! How an Opera Comes to Life

    Part I: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6:30pm

    Edina Library – Fireside Room, Edina Senior Center, below the library

    For adults. In this 2-part series, Minnesota Opera artists and creators will give you a special behind-the-scenes peek of how The Manchurian Candidate comes to life, from commission to final performance. Composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and Artistic Director Dale Johnson are joined by Minnesota Opera artists. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required.

    Part II: Tuesday, March 10, 6:30pm

    Edina Library

    For adults. In this 2-part series, Minnesota Opera artists and creators will give you a special behind-the-scenes peek of how The Manchurian Candidate comes to life, from commission to final performance. Production Director Karen Quisenberry is joined by Minnesota Opera artists. Tickets are FREE, but reservations are required.

    Opera Viva! is our season-long residency at Hennepin County Libraries

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