Happily ever after has finally met its match.
Music by Leonard Bernstein / Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler in a New Version by John Caird / Lyrics by Richard Wilbur with Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein
In English with Projected English Titles
Production from The Glimmerglass Festival
Part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration
Embrace a sunny outlook and everything will be OK, right? Not so in Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, which annihilates any notions of hope with its dizzying display of human depravity and catastrophic disasters. When young Candide's marriage proposal to a baron's daughter doesn't quite go as planned, this naïve student of optimism is thrust into an eye-opening odyssey across lands near and far, discovering the horrors of existence at every turn.
War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.
"Despite the comedy and incredible music, no other opera shows the tragedy of human nature so candidly, as it were. Yet we will always have hope!"--Alek Shrader
"I have loved this work for years and am looking forward to bringing a young vivaciousness to the role under Francesca's expert direction!"--Denyce Graves
The Old Lady:
Associate Director and Choreographer:
Eric Sean Fogel
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Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Candide.
Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Thursday, May 24, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes:
POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.
Candide Talkback Dates:
Monday, May 14
Sunday, May 20