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News & Reviews - Press Reviews - Candide – Rebecca Lipkin -The Arbuturian

Iford Arts has announced that 2018 is its last season at the glorious Iford Manor in Bradford-on-Avon, just outside Bath, and it will be hard to top the extraordinary atmosphere of the Harold Peto Gardens and in particular The Cloisters which provides such an intimate setting (just 92 seats) for any opera.

To open this very special season is a new Iford Arts and Opera della Luna production of Leonard Bernstein’s 1956 gregarious and irreverent operetta Candide, based on the notable 1759 Voltaire novella with a plot that is bonkers enough to lend itself extremely well to this medium. Opening on Broadway just ahead of his most famed work West Side Story, Bernstein’s changeable, haphazard score, drawing on Gilbert and Sullivan and American musical theatre, baffled critics by refusing to be pigeon-holed in the true opera category but has endured nonetheless due to some dazzling songs and arias including ‘The Venice Gavotte’, ‘Make Our Garden’ and ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds’, a tribute to the fact that Voltaire’s satire was inspired by the German philosopher Gottfried Liebniz who claimed the actual world to be the best. Read more

 

 

 

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