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Comic Crescendo
Comic Crescendo

...Only Rossini, known as a speedy worker, could come to the rescue (cue last part of the 'William Tell Overture'). Within days he was fast-tracking a new comedy for the anguished impresario on a four-week schedule. Its opening night would be May 22nd. “Nothing primes inspiration more than an impresario tearing out his hair,” Rossini later recounted to a friend. “In my day, all Italian impresarios were bald by age 30...”

Candide, or the Optimistic Journey of an Opera
Candide, or the Optimistic Journey of an Opera

The musical version of 'Candide' on which The Santa Fe Opera’s production is based coalesced more than 30 years after the show’s first appearance on Broadway and just two years before Bernstein’s death in 1990. Bernstein is the single member of the creative team involved from start to finish, but an important part of 'Candide’s' genesis is the revolving cast of creators — a host of lyricists, book writers, and directors providing both forward and backward momentum.

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