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What's On - Opera - Candide

 An Iford Arts Production in collaboration with Opera della Luna


Candide is a breathtaking work, hovering somewhere between opera and operetta, defying description. Candide – our innocent hero, an idealistic optimist, is taken on a whirligig world quest, encountering an absurd series of unfortunate events, learning the lessons of life. A Pythonesque sensibility pervades the tale, satirising the foibles and hypocrisies of man and probing the big questions which haunt us all.

As we follow the imagined fortunes of the four young leading characters, the action lurches from one far-flung location to another with gleeful accounts of human suffering and merry lampooning of revered notions. The brilliant overture has become one of the most frequently performed orchestral compositions by a 20th century American composer. And after that, composer Leonard Bernstein gallivants through every dance form he can think of: tango, polka, mazurka, Schottische, Venetian waltz, English folk song, gavotte, barcarole, Neapolitan bel canto, Germanic chorale and operatic coloratura (with its favourite showstopping lollipop aria for many leading sopranos Glitter and be Gay). Yet despite the cynical tone of the original novella, Bernstein’s fabulous music takes us somewhere else entirely, especially in the much-loved, divinely radiant finale, Make Our Garden Grow.

Candide CollageThis new production is conducted by Oliver Gooch, Music Director of Iford Arts, and produced by Iford Arts, in collaboration with Opera della Luna. The expert director is Jeff Clarke, whose ingeniously inventive, irreverent, hilarious and high energy shows at Iford have never failed to delight audiences.

“The intimacy of the setting puts everything into dangerously sharp focus, but Iford Festival Opera bring it all off with their hallmark panache and ingenuity” The Independent

Book adapted from Voltaire by HUGH WHEELER
New version by JOHN CAIRD
(The 1999 Royal National Theatre version)
With additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche,
Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
Orchestra – Orpheus Sinfonia

PRODUCER  Iford Arts
CONDUCTOR Oliver Gooch
DIRECTOR Jeff Clarke
DESIGNER Jeff Clarke & Elroy Ashmore

Voltaire/Pangloss – Carl Sanderson
Maximillian – Chris Jenkins
Martin – John Griffiths
Candide – David Horton
Gunegonde – Paula Sides
Paquette – Claire Watkins
Old Woman – Rosemary Ashe
Govenor – Peter Van Hulle
Vanderdendur – Paul Featherstone
Cacambo – Elia Lo Tauro
Ensemble: Matthew Siveter, Bethany Horak Hallet, Bryony Soothill, Guy Withers

Good bye and thank you from the team


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