Bernstein 100: Candide


Sat 8 Dec 2018 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Barbican Hall, London

BERNSTEIN Candide (semi-staged performance)

Marin Alsop conductor
Garnett Bruce director
Leonardo Capalbo Candide
Jane Archibald Cunegonde
Anne Sofie von Otter The Old Lady
Sir Thomas Allen Dr Pangloss, Narrator
Thomas Atkins Ensemble Tenor
Marcus Farnsworth Ensemble Baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £56 £41 £31 £22 £16

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Part of 2018/19 Season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

It’s an outrageous odyssey of misadventure! Marin Alsop leads the way in Bernstein’s riotous satirical operetta Candide.

Open-hearted and good-natured, Candide lives a life of blissful ignorance until war comes to Westphalia. The hapless Candide’s ordered life is thrown into disarray, as he embarks on a round-the-world voyage, bouncing from one rollicking melodrama to the next. Candide’s sunny optimism is put to the test, as he encounters man-eating sharks, duelling sultans and swindling con-artists.

With lyrical contributions from acerbic writers Richard Wilbur and Dorothy Parker and a young Stephen Sondheim, Candide marries raucous humour with the extraordinary genius of Leonard Bernstein. Marin Alsop – who was mentored by the great conductor and composer – leads this performance, rounding off celebrations of Bernstein’s centenary year.

Candide will also be performed on Sunday 9 December, 7pm

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