100 years of Bernstein (West Side Story): his most 'enlightened' operetta, conducted by John Demain
The Liceu has chosen to mark the centenary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein (1918- 1990) by billing his comic operetta Candide for the first time. It was inspired by the famous novella by Voltaire, one of the foremost French Enlightenment philosophers. Though a prey to constant misfortune, Candide resolutely maintains that we live in the best of all possible worlds. For the purposes of the operetta, premiered in 1956, the tale of Candide was adapted to a format akin to musical comedy. Bernstein offers us a fresh, spontaneous score, with occasional parodies of 18thcentury airs, and consistently displays his undeniable musical savoir-faire. Meghan Picerno will made her debut at the Liceu in the role of Cunegonde, one of the most daunting challenges for a light lyric soprano because of its demanding coloratura aria, the famous “Glitter and be Gay”.
Comic operetta in two acts. Libretto by Hugh Wheeler inspired by the famous novella by Voltaire. World premiere: 29/10/1956 at the Martin Beck Theater in New York. First Barcelona performance: 11/04/1996 at the Teatre Romea. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
- John DeMain
- Translation of texts
- Salvador Oliva
- Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
- Director of the Chorus
- Conxita Garcia
|Dr. Pangloss / Martin||Kevin Burdette|
|Maximilian / Captain||Josep-Ramon Olivé|
|Old Lady||Doris Soffel|
|Governor / Vanderdendur / Ragotski||Chris Merritt|
- Soprano Meghan Picerno will made her debut at the Liceu in the role of Cunegonde in Bernstein's Candide next season replacing Kathryn Lewek, who has been forced to cancel her participation due to pregnancy.
|18||Thursday||20:00||Turn PA||Fee 6|
|20||Saturday||20:00||Turn PB||Fee 6|
Approximate running time 2h 45m
Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.