A naive young man believes that 'all is for the best' even when confronted by evil. Originally performed in 1956, additional songs added in 1974. Candide explores a world that is dominated by violence, greed, war, hatred and a series of catastrophic events seemingly unmitigated by goodness, truth, beauty or God. Concert versionPerformers Michael Slattery (Candide), Carla Huhtanen (Cunegonde), Thomas Allen (Sir - Pangloss/Narrator), Kim Criswell (Old Lady), Bonaventura Bottone (Governor/Captain).
Book by Voltaire. Music Leonard Bernstein. Adapted by Hugh Wheeler. Lyrics Richard Wilbur. Lyrics Stephen Sondheim. Lyrics John Latouche. Company Maida Vale Singers. Director Christopher Dee. Conductor Rumon Gamba. Company Maida Vale Singers.