THE CAST IS LARGE: THE NARRATOR INTRODUCES CANDIDE AND HIS ERRATIC LOVE, CUNEGONDE, THE ARROGANT YOUNG BARON MAXIMILLIAN, DR PANGLOSS, PAQUETTE THE MAID, THE VIVACIOUS OLD LADY… AND A RAFT OF CHARACTERS EMERGE: KINGS, GRAND INQUISITORS, CARDINALS, CROUPIERS, TSARS, CROOKS AND SULTANS.
When Leonard Bernstein and his group of sparky librettists chose Voltair´s revolutionary Age of Enlightenment novella to create an operetta they took on a major challenge. The story – about an innocent youth who weathers a series of spectacular misfortunes, but emerges resolutely optimistic – races around the world embracing earthquakes, murders, furious fires and all manner of disasters. But Bernstein was undaunted, producing a fabulous score which reflects all the bitter-sweet joy, sarcasm, wit and wonder of the text
Bergen National Opera are thrilled to have distinguished actor Kevin Whately as our narrator, brilliant young tenor Anthony Gregory as Candide, and award-winning young South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as Cunegonde, and great Norwegian mezzo Randi Stene as the Old Lady.
Candide is directed by rising star Thom Southerland. with lighting design by Matt Clutterham
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Edvard Grieg Kor Bergen Philharmonic Choir
"MAGIC", "A TRIUMPH", "FIREWORKS" - THE PRESS LOVED THE NEW PRODUCTION OF CANDIDE AT BERGEN NATIONAL OPERA
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