ENO's Candide Begins June 23; Christy and Breckenridge Are Cunegonde

News   ENO's Candide Begins June 23; Christy and Breckenridge Are Cunegonde English National Opera's new production of Candide begins previews June 23 at the London Coliseum toward an official opening on June 25, for a run to July 12.

Extra performances have been added for July 2 and July 11, owing to public demand.

The production was originally due to star Kristen Chenoweth as Cunegonde, but she withdrew owing to what a press release called "unforeseen television filming commitments following the resolution of the Hollywood writers strike." Instead, American soprano Anna Christy, who recently made her U.K. operatic debut in ENO's Lucia di Lammemoor, will sing the role on June 23, 25, 27, 28 and the matinee only on June 29, sharing the role now with Marnie Breckenridge, a regular guest artist with San Francisco Opera, who will sing the role on July 2, 4, 5, 6 (matinee only), 9, 11 and 12.


 This ENO co-production, which has already played at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Teatro alla Scala in Milan, is directed by Robert Carsen (who previously directed the premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Beautiful Game in Britain) and choreographed by Rob Ashford (whose U.K. credits include the Donmar's Parade, Evita and Guys and Dolls).

The British tenor Toby Spence sings the title role with National Theatre actor Alex Jennings (recently seen in Present Laughter there, as Doctor Pangloss/Voltaire), Beverley Klein (most recently in the West End in Fiddler on the Roof) as the Old Woman, Robert Chafin as the Grand Inquisitor, Mariead Buicke as Paquette, Mark Stone as Maximillian and Ferlyn Brass as Cacambo. The cast also includes Simon Butteriss, Adrian Brand, Graeme Luaren, James Glenister and Graeme Danby.

The production is conducted by Rumon Gamba and designed by Michael Levine. The production runs in rep to July 12.

To book call 0871 911 0200; for more information visit www.eno.org.