7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18
3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20
The Loyola Opera Theatre brings the legacy and genius of American composer Leonard Bernstein to life with its new production of the fast-paced comic operetta, “Candide." Based on Voltaire’s satiric novel of the same name, the story follows the exiled—yet relentlessly optimistic—Candide throughout the Old World and the New. Blindly following the advice of his tutor Dr. Pangloss, he careens through a series of wild adventures and astonishing coincidences to return home to his beloved Cunegonde, enlightened by a new, more realistic philosophy of life.
The Loyola Symphony Orchestra performs the score, which features an inspired Bernstein blend of Broadway and operatic styles. With tuba, harp and an array of exotic percussion instruments, this production touts the largest orchestra ever used in a Loyola opera. The student singers all tackle multiple roles, switching nationalities as the title character travels the world.
Bill Fabris returns as stage director/choreographer, and Carol Rausch once again assumes the role of music director/conductor.