The MSU Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta Candide, on Fri., March 28, and Sat., March 29, at 8 p.m., and Sun., March 30, at 3 p.m. in MSU’s Concert Auditorium.
Directed by Melanie Helton and conducted by Raphael Jimenez, this satirical comedy is based on Voltaire’s novella about a naïve young man’s journey to wisdom. It features the well-known soprano showcase “Glitter and Be Gay,” which is often performed alone as a concert piece.
Candide tells the story of a young man who is determined to follow his tutor’s philosophy that everything happens for the best because they live in “the best of all possible worlds.” After declaring his love for his prestigious cousin, Candide is expelled from his homeland and is faced with countless hardships as he travels from Europe to South America. Although he is captured by Bulgarians, beaten by the Grand Inquisitor in Lisbon, robbed of all his possessions, and repeatedly torn from the woman he loves, Candide still clings to his optimism.
Sung in English, this production brings together the creative team from last season’s Florencia en el Amazonas, and features colorful sets and costumes. Candide contains some adult themes and is recommended for mature audiences. A preview lecture will be held 45 minutes before each performance.
“Candide is perhaps Bernstein’s most imaginative and varied score,” said Melanie Helton, director of MSU Opera Theatre. “He pokes fun at operatic conventions, plays with Spanish rhythms and conjures up magical, moving melodies. It is a musical theatre piece for real singers. MSU’s production will feature close to 50 students onstage!”
Tickets for each performance are $18, $16 for senior citizens, and $8 for students and those under 18. Tickets are available from Wharton Center Box Office only: (517) 432-2000, (800) WHARTON. There will be a $2 Wharton Center restoration fee added.
Sponsored by Sue Davis and Loomis, Ewert, Parsley, Davis & Gotting, P.C.
Produced by arrangement with Boosey and Hawkes, Inc., sole agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Company LLC, publisher and copyright owner.