First Look at Santa Fe Opera’s New Candide, Directed by Laurent Pelly

Classic Arts News   First Look at Santa Fe Opera’s New Candide, Directed by Laurent Pelly
Performances of the Leonard Bernstein operetta continue through August 25.
Alek Shrader, Brenda Rae, Richard Troxell, Kevin Burdette, Jarrett Ott, Helene Schneiderman, and the Santa Fe Opera Chorus Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2018

In celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial, Santa Fe Opera opened its 62nd season June 29 with the company premiere of Candide. The new production is directed by Laurent Pelly. Performances continue in Santa Fe, New Mexico, through August 25.

Candide, based on Voltaire’s novella of the same name, features music by Bernstein; lyrics by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Bernstein; and a book by Hugh Wheeler.

The production stars Alek Shrader as Candide, Brenda Rae as Cunegonde, Helene Schneiderman as the Old Lady, and Kevin Burdette as Voltaire/Pangloss/Cacambo/Martin.

Flip through photos of the production below:

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