Company premiere: Leonard Bernstein's Candide
This “Candide” by LA Opera is the freshest, liveliest production I have seen in recent memory... The music was nearly drowned out by thunderous ovation from the capacity crowd. For many, it was the best of all possible nights at the opera.
While works by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini and other operatic giants form the backbone of our company, LA Opera has a well earned reputation for presenting a remarkably wide range of repertory. The company premiere of Candide, celebrating the 100th birthday of composer Leonard Bernstein, illustrated this perfectly. Bernstein’s incredible artistic legacy encompassed both classical and popular music with equal dexterity, and his 1956 musical comedy is as much at home in the opera house as it is on Broadway.
Eboni Adams, Tom Berklund (Lisbonite), Tucker Reed Breder, Tim Campbell (Jan 27-Feb 8: Bavarian Captain, Second Inquisition Agent, Señor, Surinam Slave), Abdiel Gonzalez (Feb 11-18: Bavarian Captain, Second Inquisition Agent, Señor, Surinam Slave), Katherine Henly (Bavarian Corporal, Sheep), Amber Liekhus (Lisbonite, Queen of Eldorado), Danny Lindgren (King of Bavaria, Lisbon Sailor, Mondevideo Priest), Amanda Compton LoPresti, Robert Norman (Holland Minister, Don Issachar, Señor, King of Eldorado), Steve Pence (Baron, First Inquisition Agent, Galley Captain), Michelle Siemens (Minister's Wife)