MARK CAMPBELL

LIBRETTIST / LYRICIST

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Quotes

Contrary to rumor, lightning on occasion does strike twice. [The Manchurian Candidate] is another winner, an exciting roller-coaster ride that manages to make telling political points relevant to today, Campbell’s smart libretto remains true to the story while compressing certain scenes, creating ensemble numbers and always pushing the action forward in fast-moving cinematic episodes. Star-Tribune

—Star-Tribune

Campbell’s libretto unfolds with an unerring sense of pace and impressively boils the complicated story down to a two-hour music drama.

—Opera News

Attention, Pulitzer board: Minnesota has another contender. [The Manchurian Candidate] is riveting theater, and one of the most audaciously ambitious works you'll see anywhere this year.

—The Post-Bulletin

‘The Manchurian Candidate’ at the Ordway: dark, thrilling, not to be missed. We’re hazarding a guess here, but … welcome to the repertory, “Manchurian Candidate”.

—Minnesota Post