The Manchurian Candidate
Composer: Kevin Puts
Composer Bio: Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Silent Night, Kevin Puts has been hailed as one of the most important composers of his generation. His work has been commissioned and performed by leading orchestras in the United States and abroad, including the New York Philharmonic; the Tonhalle Orchestër (Zurich); the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Cincinnati, Detroit, Atlanta, Colorado, Houston, Fort Worth, Utah and St. Louis; the Boston Pops; the Minnesota Orchestra, which commissioned his Sinfonia Concertante; and by leading chamber ensembles such as the Mirò Quartet, the Eroica Trio, eighth blackbird, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Puts’ orchestral catalog includes four symphonies as well as several concertos written for some of today’s top soloists. In 2005, Mr. Puts received the tremendous honor of a commission in celebration of David Zinman’s 70th birthday, and the result was Vision, a cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. During the same year, his Percussion Concerto was premiered by Evelyn Glennie with the Pacific and Utah Symphonies. He has also written concertos for marimbist Makoto Nakura, violinist Michael Shih, clarinetist Bil Jackson, and a piano concerto commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and premiered in 2008 by pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Puts has received awards and grants from the American Academy in Rome, the Guggenehim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, bmi and ascap. He has served as composer-in-residence of Young Concerts Artists, the California Symphony, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire and the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society. Since 2006, he has been a member of the composition department at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Puts received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, his Master’s Degree from Yale University and a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music.
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the 15 plus operas he has written, his most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer for Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS' Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark's other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Shining.

Campbell has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship and the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.

Campbell also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatrer, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop and Opera Philadelphia's Composer in Residence program.

He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral Enterprise of Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera.
Other Artistic Personnel: Michael Christie (conductor)
Kevin Newbury (stage director)

Original Cast: Matthew Worth (Sergeant Raymond Shaw)
Brenda Harris (Eleanor Iselin)
Daniel Sumegi (Senator John Iselin)
Leonardo Capalbo (Captain Ben marco)
Adriana Zabala (Rosie Chayney)
Angela Mortellaro (Jocelyn Jordadn)

Premiere Date: March 07, 2015
Description: 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.

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Character List (Major): Sergeant Raymond Shaw (baritone)
Eleanor Iselin (soprano)
Senator John Iselin (bass)
Captain Ben Marco (tenor)
Rosie Chayney (mezzo)
Jocelyn Jordan (soprano)

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Length: 02:02
Total Acts: 2
Contact: Not Available
Composer Web Site: http://www.kevinputs.com
Librettist Web Site: http://www.markcampbellwords.com
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