Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein | Scottish Opera
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Is Candide the best of all possible ways to launch our 62nd season? Absolutely. The score abounds with spectacular music, including a famous overture, the soprano showpiece “Glitter and Be Gay,” and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.”
The optimistic Candide and his fiancée Cunegonde have been taught that “Everything’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds,” but their voyage through life soon begins to suggest otherwise, with separation, volcanos, earthquakes, the Spanish Inquisition, shipwrecks, prostitution, poverty, and war among their obstacles. Finally re-united, they come to realize that “Life is neither good nor bad. Life is life, and all we know.” Join them on their epic journey home, and join us in celebrating the Bernstein Centennial.