The Manchurian Baritone?


This could be interesting.

Minnesota Opera, which has an enviable history of staging both new works and operas outside the usual repertoire, will present a new opera based on Richard Condon’s novel, The Manchurian Candidate.  The opera will be composed by Kevin Puts, w/a libretto by Mark Campbell.  This is the same team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, for Silent Night, which Minnesota Opera also commissioned and produced.

I’m not an opera aficionado—no attention span, among other things—but I loved the hilarious Condon book, and the original 1962 film version of The Manchurian Candidate is on my Top Ten Movies Ever list.  I might just head for Minneapolis when the show opens in March.

Here’s a long (20 minute) Behind the Scenes video from the people involved in presenting The Manchurian Candidate:


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