New York City Opera 2016-17 Preview: Bernstein ‘Candide’ Kicks off Best Possible Way to Start 2017

Photo: Facebook / New York City Opera 'Candide's' run kicks of on Jan. 6.

The New York City Opera kicks off its season on Friday Jan. 6, with a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater.

The run will feature a total of 10 performances, including two matinees, two late afternoon shows and six evening performances. The first set of shows kick off on January 6-8. After a short break, the opera returns a week later from the 11th-15th. The performances on the 13th, 14th and 15th were added due to high demand.

The opera will be directed by legendary director Harold Prince, who directed “Candide” with New York City Opera in 1982 and 2008. He is best known for his work on such Broadway productions as Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret,” Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “Evita” and “The Phantom of the Opera” and numerous Stephen Sondheim’s classics such as “Pacific Overtures,” “Sweeney Todd” and “Merrily We Roll Along.” He has also directed opera, including a 1983 production of “Turandot” starring Evan Marton and Jose Carreras in Vienna.

This year will be the opera’s 60th anniversary as it premiered on Dec. 1, 1956. Prince, put together a one-act version that ran on Broadway for 740 performances alongside Hugh Wheeler. That version would be subsequently employed for New York City Opera’s “opera house version” in 1982.

The opera stars Tony Award-nominee Gregg Edelman, Tony Award-winner Linda Lavin, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Mehan Picerno, Keith Phares, Jessica Tyler White and Broadway favorites Chip Zien and Brooks Ashmanskas.

Choreography is by Patricia Birch while Scenery Design is by Clarke Dunham.

Charles Prince will conduct the New York City Opera Orchestra.

After “Candide,” the New York City Opera will feature a concert series for Valentine’s Day before showcasing a production of Ottorino Respighi’s “La Campana Sommersa.” There will also be a production of “Los Elementos” as part of the company’s Ópera en Españolseries and the season will end with the New York Premiere of Péter Eötvös’s “Angels in America” in June.

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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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