The Best of All Possible Worlds
Is Candide the best of all possible ways to launch our 62nd season? Absolutely. The score bristles with spectacular music, including justly famous overture, the soprano showpiece “Glitter and Be Gay” and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.” Soprano Brenda Rae and tenor Alek Shrader return as Cunegonde and Candide, respectively, and are joined by Kevin Burdette doing quadruple duty as Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo.
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, volcanic eruptions, deadly earthquakes, the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition, shipwreck, prostitution, poverty, and warfare among their obstacles. Finally re-united, they come to realize that “Life is neither good nor bad. Life is life, and all we know.”
Hugh Wheeler, after Voltaire
Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein | Scottish Opera Version
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"If we must cultivate our garden, it is because all is not lost, we can still hope for a harvest."
André Morize [“The ‘Moment’ of Candide”]
Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin & Cacambo
Maximilian & Captain
Governor, Vanderdendur & Ragotski
Director & Costume Designer
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