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Friday, June 29th, 8:30 pm
Wednesday, July 4th, 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 7th, 8:30 pm
Friday, July 13th, 8:30 pm
Tuesday, 31st, 8 pm
Monday, August 6th, 8 pm
Saturday, August 11th, 8 pm
Tuesday, August 14th, 8 pm
Saturday, August 25th, 8 pm


Is Candide the best of all possible ways to launch our 62nd season? Absolutely. The score bristles with spectacular music, including justly famous overture, the soprano showpiece “Glitter and Be Gay” and the soaring finale, “Make Our Garden Grow.” Soprano Brenda Rae and tenor Alek Shrader return as Cunegonde and Candide, respectively, and are joined by Kevin Burdette doing quadruple duty as Voltaire, Pangloss, Martin, and Cacambo.

The optimistic Candide and his fiancée Cunegonde have been taught that “Everything’s for the best in this best of all possible worlds,” but their voyage through life soon begins to suggest otherwise, with separation, volcanic eruptions, deadly earthquakes, the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition, shipwreck, prostitution, poverty, and warfare among their obstacles. Finally re-united, they come to realize that “Life is neither good nor bad. Life is life, and all we know.”

Earlier Event: May 10
Rienzi Recital
Later Event: July 28
Ariadne auf Naxos