Candy Corn (2018)

Candy Corn is an opera short in three scenes about a singer and her husband struggling to understand the suicide of a loved one. They play games, go to the beach, and dress in Halloween costumes while confronting memory, technology, and the nature of identity as the story unfolds in reverse chronology.

Candy Corn premiered at The Flea Theater in New York City, November 2-3, 2018.

Music & Story by Jason Cady

Alize Rozsnyai, Soprano
Calder Craig, Baritone
Jason Cady, Modular Synthesizer

recorded and mixed by Jeff Cook

 Scene 1, photo by Reuben Radding

Scene 1, photo by Reuben Radding

 Scene 2, photo by Reuben Radding

Scene 2, photo by Reuben Radding

 Scene 3, photo by Reuben Radding

Scene 3, photo by Reuben Radding

Jason Cady’s Candy Corn was the piece on the program that certainly served Experiments in Opera’s commitment to find “the silly in the serious” in honor of composer Matt Marks. Cady served up a wallop of Millennial Absurdism in this wonderful piece that had the audience in fits of laughter every minute or so. Throughout the opera, Cady was grooving at the synthesizer, treating it like a turn table while bopping his head and keeping an eye on his score. Alize Rozsnyai and Calder Craig—as his protagonists wading through memories of a recently deceased loved one—carried out an incredibly topical score/script and remained stone-faced as they talked (in perfect 4/4 time) about the value of having a church job, disliking Arizona, and the travesty of how there’s “no wifi at the beach.” Costume changes, circular narrative, and Rozsnyai’s deliciously diva performances matched with Craig’s soothing, calm baritone made this almost-too-relatable work radically enjoyable.

Stephanie Ann Boyd, I Care If You Listen