Peabody Opera Theatre presents
A comic operetta in two acts, with music by
Peabody Concert Orchestra
Hajime Teri Murai, conductor
John Lehmeyer, stage director
Thursday-Saturday, March 27, 28, 29, 2003 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 3:00 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Peabody Conservatory of Music
1 East Mt. Vernon Place
Admission $22 / Seniors $11 / Students with ID $8
Box Office: 410/659-8100 x4415
This production is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council
The Candide Kaleidoscope: Candide was the first work to be directed by John Lehmeyer when he joined the Peabody faculty in 1994–95. In this article which appeared in Peabody News at that time, Roger Brunyate talks with Lehmeyer and conductor Hajime Teri Murai about their ideas for the production.
Leonard Bernstein’s operetta Candide was first produced in 1956, only a year before his West Side Story. Based on Lillian Hellman’s adaptation of Voltaire’s novel of the same name, the vivacity and tunefulness of its music, the range of its settings, and its particular combination of satire and sentiment have earned it acclaim in each of its many revivals, both in the opera house and on Broadway.
Voltaire’s novel is a satire on the enlightenment philosophy that “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.” Candide, sometimes accompanied by his beloved Cunegonde, sometimes separated from her, embarks on a series of colorful adventures – taking him to Bulgaria, Lisbon, El Dorado, and Venice, among other places – all of which end disastrously. Cunegonde’s show-stopping aria “Glitter and be gay” epitomizes the prevailing spirit of the piece, that of laughing through tragedy. Although maintaining his irrepressible optimism throughout, Candide reaches a simpler and more practical philosophy with Cunegonde at the end: “Make your garden grow.”
The production is conducted by Hajime Teri Murai. The set is by James M. Fouchard, lighting by Douglas Nelson, and costumes by John Lehmeyer, who also directs.
* Cast performing Thursday 27 and Saturday 29
** Cast performing Friday 28 and Sunday 30
|Old Lady||Shannon Angelakis**
|Dr. Pangloss||Ryan Stadler**
Candide, the Scottish Opera Edition of the Opera House Version; a comic operetta in two acts, with music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur; additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, John La Touche, Dorothy Parker, Lillian Hellman and Stephen Sondeheim; orchestration by Hershy Kay and the Composer; additional orchestrations by John Mauceri. By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., agent for Leonard Bernstein Music Publishing Co., LLC, publisher and copyright owner.