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Barbican HallSilk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
2018 December 08 15:00, December 09 19:00
Bernstein, Leonard (1918-1990)Candide (Concert performance)
Marin AlsopConductor
Leonardo CapalboTenorCandide
Jane ArchibaldSopranoCunegonde
Anne Sofie von OtterMezzo-sopranoOld Lady
Sir Thomas AllenBaritoneDoctor Pangloss
Thomas AtkinsTenorGovernor
Marcus FarnsworthBaritoneMaximilian
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus
Simon HalseyChoirmaster / chorus director

It’s an outrageous odyssey of misadventure! Marin Alsop leads the way in Bernstein’s riotous satirical operetta Candide.

Open-hearted and good-natured, Candide lives a life of blissful ignorance until war comes to Westphalia. The hapless Candide’s ordered life is thrown into disarray, as he embarks on a round-the-world voyage, bouncing from one rollicking melodrama to the next. Candide’s sunny optimism is put to the test, as he encounters man-eating sharks, duelling sultans and swindling con-artists.

With lyrical contributions from acerbic writers Richard Wilbur and Dorothy Parker and a young Stephen Sondheim, Candide marries raucous humour with the extraordinary genius of Leonard Bernstein. Marin Alsop – who was mentored by the great conductor and composer – leads this performance, rounding off celebrations of Bernstein’s centenary year.

Tickets: £56 £41 £31 £22 £16

Tickets on sale online from 10am on 2nd February 2018.

Sir Thomas Allen with the Inquisition © Mark Allan
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