Blackheath Halls Opera is thrilled to present a production of Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary operetta Candide, first performed in 1956, but based on a 1759 comic novella by the French philosopher Voltaire.
In a production updated to the 1980s, it tells the story of the hectic adventures and extravagant escapades of a young man, travelling through a divided Europe (and beyond), in search of love, happiness and resolution.
This performance brings together a cast of world-class professional singers, talented vocal students from Trinity Laban and committed local amateur performers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, united in their passion for music-making.
Candide Nick Pritchard
Dr Pangloss Frederick Long
Cunégonde Ellie Neate
Old Lady Sarah Pring
Governor James Liu
Maximillian Matthew Kellett
Paquette Hannah Leggatt**
Vandedendur/Prince Ragotski/ Don Domino/ Captain Adam Brown**
**Vocal student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Director Seb Harcombe
Musical Director Christopher Stark
Designer Elliott Squire
Lighting Designer Tracey Gibbs
Movement Director Jasmine Ricketts
Blackheath Halls Chorus
Blackheath Halls Orchestra
Blackheath Halls Youth Opera Company
Students from Greenvale School and Charlton Park Academy
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire
Parental Guidance: Ages 8+ contains some adult themes
Music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein
Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay; Musical continuity and additional orchestrations by John Mauceri