One of Seagle’s biggest selling points is our dedication to the production and promotion of new works. Not only do we provide the first outing for new operas and musicals in front of a live audience, we also provide our emerging artists with the opportunity to create roles from scratch. This is a unique experience for a young singer, to be the first person to ever perform, and in some ways set the standard, for how a role might be interpreted by later singers. The learning process is quite different as well; without recordings and performance history to rely on, singers must use their education, intuition, and collaboration with one another to realize a work’s potential on the stage. It’s truly a thrill ride!
This summer’s main-stage new work is The Manchurian Candidate, a collaboration by Pulitzer-winning composer-librettist team Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell. Mr. Campbell will be on Charley Hill with us this summer during the rehearsal process, working directly with the cast – just one more thing that makes a summer at Seagle memorable and meaningful to our emerging artists.
The opera is based on a 1959 Richard Condon novel of the same title, which has also been made into two different feature films (most recently a 2000s film starring Denzel Washington). Decorated Korean war veteran Sergeant Raymond Shaw is brainwashed into becoming a KGB assassin in an elaborate plot to overthrow the US Government. Will his former fellow soldier be able to break through and stop him in time? Featuring political intrigue, plot twists, and a powerhouse female lead, you don’t want to miss this show!
One (significant) note worth mentioning: Seagle received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to produce this opera. That’s our first NEA grant since Roscoe in 2016. We’re so grateful to the NEA for their support of the production and promotion of new works.
And coming this Fall Season…
The American Center for New Works Development @ Seagle Music Colony, (ACNWD) in addition to producing The Manchurian Candidate, is also excited to present FOUR (!!) workshops of new operas this fall. Utilizing the talents of our summer and fall season artists, several of these workshops will have public performances or readings, so mark your calendars now to ride on the cutting edge of new opera with us.