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In Review: “Tosca” at Minnesota Opera


Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Adapted from the play La Tosca by Richard Condon
Conducted by Anne Manson
Directed by Andrea Cigni
Featuring Kelly Kaduce, Leonardo Capalbo, and Stephen Powell

Presented by Minnesota Opera

Kelly Kaduce in Minnesota Opera's production of Tosca.

Kelly Kaduce in Minnesota Opera’s production of Tosca.

Given its status in the international scene as one of the biggest developers of new opera, and specializing in presenting the world and American premieres of new works, it pays to remember that Minnesota Opera can deliver fantastic productions of the standard repertoire when it chooses to. And there are few operas that embody the standard repertoire more than Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece Tosca, which is getting a thrilling production from our local opera company in spite of a few dissonant staging decisions, and a casting choice that could have doomed the production but actually redeems it.

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In Review: “The Manchurian Candidate” at Minnesota Opera


Music by Kevin Puts
Libretto by Mark Campbell
Adapted from the novel by Richard Condon
Conducted by Michael Christie
Directed by Kevin Newburry
Featuring Matthew Worth, Brenda Harris, Leonardo Capalbo, and Daniel Sumegi

Presented by Minnesota Opera

Matthew Worth in theLeonardo Capalbo as Captain Ben Marco, Victoria Vargas as Mrs. Lowe, Matthew Worth as Sergeant Raymond Shaw and Will Liverman as Andrew Hanley in the Minnesota Opera production of The Manchurian Candidate.

Matthew Worth in Minnesota Opera’s production of The Manchurian Candidate

What if everything you knew was a complete and utter lie? What if your actions, your will, your very self, was no longer under your control?

Matthew Worth and Leonardo Capa in Minnesota Opera's production of The Manchurian Candidate

Matthew Worth and Leonardo Capalbo in Minnesota Opera’s production of The Manchurian Candidate

It’s that sweeping sense of paranoia that infects The Manchurian CandidateRichard Condon‘s influential 1959 Cold War thriller that has captivated the public’s imagination since its publication. This mind-bending tale of enemies without and within has been adapted before; first with director John Frankenheimer‘s and screenwriter George Axelrod‘s iconic 1962 film adaptation (featuring legendary performances from Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and an Oscar-nominated turn from Angela Lansbury), then critic and playwright John Lahr‘s stage adaptation in 1992 reset the action within in the shadow of the first Gulf War, and most recently in 2004 when Jonathan Demme’s film version which turned the enemy into a faceless security corporation with designs on the government. And now with Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell‘s operatic adaptation (getting its world premiere courtesy of Minnesota Opera and its New Works Initiative), we have another worthy spin on the tale that matches the original in mood and tone. Puts and Campbell (the same team behind the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night, which had its world premiere at Minnesota Opera in 2011) have managed to create an elegantly jarring, atmospheric opera that is a dazzling work on its own and a dead on adaptation of the original material.

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