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Carnegie Hall 2017-18 Review – Candide: Erin Morley, Paul Appleby, John Lithgow & Patricia Racette Charm In Celebration To Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein is the composer's seminal theatrical work, a work that has suddenly become ever-present around the United States. Almost every major company or concert hall has mounted some iteration of the work in the last year or so to celebrate the composer's centennial birthday. And this was the case at the legendary Carnegi Hall, which held a benefit concert featuring four of opera's greatest stars, an Oscar nominee, and…
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WNO Set to Celebrate Bernstein Centennial With ‘Candide’
The Washington National Opera is preparing to finish off its 2017-18 season, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial anniversary with his “opera” “Candide.” The run kicks off on May 6, 2018, at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The celebration is set to feature an all-star cast that includes tenor Alek Shrader in his WNO debut. He will take on the title role opposite Kathryn Lewek as his lover Cunegonde. Lewek, of course,…
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Joyce DiDonato, Diana Damrau, Piotr Beczala Star in Grand Teatre del Liceu 2018-19 Season
Barcelona's Grand Teatre del Liceu has announced its 2018-19 season, presenting a number of exciting, fully-staged or concert-style productions, as well as a number of recital performances. A full list of all works in the 2018-19 season can be found on Gran Teatre del Liseu's website. The Ring Without Words Josep Pons will be conducting Lorin Maazel’s 90-minute arrangement of Wagner’s epic “Ring” cycle. Performance Date: July 25, 2018 I…
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Carnegie Hall Announces Star-Studded ‘Candide’
Carnegie Hall has announced a performance of Bernstein's "Candide" for one night only on April 18, 2018. In celebration of Bernstein's centennial, Carnegie Hall has lined up an all-star cast that will include Paul Appleby in the title role, Erin Morley as Cunegonde, Patricia Racette as the Old Lady, William Burden as Governor, and Lithgow as Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss. Remaining cast members will be announced at a later date. Rob Fisher will…
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Opera Profile: Bernstein’s “Candide”
Making its premiere on December 1st, 1956, Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” is adapted from a novella of the same name written by the Enlightenment-era philosopher Voltaire. Being a comic operetta, it satirizes the prevailing attitudes of Voltaire’s time, particularly those of the church and of monarchism. Playwright and librettist Lillian Hellman saw clear parallels between the Inquisition of Voltaire’s time and the surge of anti-Communist fervor that was coming from Washington…
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Tony Award Winner Kelsey Grammer to Make Opera Debut In Los Angeles
Kelsey Grammer will make his opera debut. The TV actor will make his debut in the Los Angeles Opera's 2017-18 production of "Candide," which is slated to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial. Grammer will take on the roles of Voltaire, author of the 1759 satirical novella, and Dr. Pangloss, the famously upbeat guru to the book’s title character. Grammer is a 16-time Emmy nominee and an eight-time Golden Globe nominee. He received a Tony…
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Santa Fe Opera To Celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s Centennial in 2018
Before starting its 2017 season, the Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2018 season with a company premiere. The company will hold its premiere of "Candide" to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial.  The musical opened on Broadway in 1956  and closed after 72 performances. However, the work continues to performed by numerous companies and is Bernstein's most popular stage work. For the company premiere opening on June 29, 2018, Santa Fe…
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Janai Brugger & Denyce Graves Headline Palm Beach Opera’s 2018 Season
The Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2018 season, which will feature three operas. The Florida-based company will open its 2018 season on Jan. 26 with a production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The run will feature a total of three performances with soprano Keri Alkema taking on the first and last show while Alexandra Loutsion getting the middle date. The same goes for Riccardo Massi and Adam Diegel, the latter singing…
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Everything You Need to Know About the Los Angeles Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Los Angeles Opera’s 2017-18 season promises to feature a number of major classics and some new works as well. Carmen In total there are eight operas, including “Carmen” which kicks off the new season on Sept. 9. The 6-show run stars Ana María Martinez in the title role while Amanda Woodbury plays Michaela. Alexander Vinogradov portrays Escamillo and James Conlon conducts. There is no Don Jose currently scheduled. Another…
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Everything You Need to Know About the Washington National Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Washington National Opera has just announced its 2017-18 season. Aida The company will kick off the year with a new production of Verdi’s “Aida.” Directed by Francesca Zambello, the new production will be co-produced with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera. The opening performance takes place on Sept. 9 and the run lasts until Sept. 23, a total of nine performances. Tamara Wilson and Amber Wagner alternate…