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Candide Bernstein

The New York City Opera closed its doors after 70 years in 2013, but began reviving last year with a mixed bag of productions ranging from Puccini to Daniel Catán – in other words, they’ve been all over the place. With this production of Candide, however, there’s a real sense of a company returning to form and feeling at home



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Now based at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, the company staged Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, one of their great past successes. The production is by the 88-year-old Hal Prince, who oversaw (with Stephen Sondheim) both the successful 1973 Broadway revival of what was a flop in 1956, as well as the NYCO’s 1982 ‘opera house’ version. For that version, which is almost untouched here, Hugh Wheeler wrote the book and Bernstein, Richard Wilbur, Sondheim and John LaTouche wrote the lyrics. The work remains a somewhat confusing fusion of opera and Broadway, but it is, nevertheless, a musical masterpiece.

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Baritone Thomas Hampson discusses his influential role as ambassador for opera and the art of singing; composer John Adams on turning 70 and his new opera about the California Gold Rush; Grange Park Opera gets ready for its relaunch at Britain's newest opera house; and the indomitable prowess of the great American soprano Leontyne Price. Plus, introducing a new opera inspired by Pink Floyd's The Wall; movement and pictures in the stagings of Japanese-born director Anna Etsuko Tsuri; the revelations of Dame Felicity Lott; American opera in the age of Trump; a weekend in Boston; and our pick of the best new works coming up stateside.