Candide (2005)

Music by Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
Libretto byHugh Wheeler after Voltaire
Additional lyrics by Wilbur, Sondheim, LaTouche, Hellman and Parker.

Sung in English

Conducted by Michael Morgan
Directed by Michael Scarola
Production Design by Matthew Antaky
Evening: Aug. 13, 16, 19; 8:00 p.m.
Matinee: Aug. 21; 2:00 p.m.

All performances at
the Lesher Center for the Arts,
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA

Cast (in order of appearance):

David Cox*: Voltaire/Dr. Pangloss/Cacambo
Isaac Hurtado: Candide
Marnie Breckenridge: Cunegonde
Darla Wigginton: Old Lady
Bruce Brown*: Maximilian/Captain
Rebecca Garcia: Paquette
Wayne J. Davis: Governor/Venderdendur/Ragotski
Matthew Treviño: Baron/James/Third Señor/Aide to Governor/King of Eldorado/Stanislaus
Carrie Ann Treviño*: Baroness/Queen of Eldorado
Christopher Fernandez: Grand Inquisitor/Father
Bernard/Sultan Achmet/Crook
Brian Frutiger: A Servant/First Inquisitor/First
Señor/Charles Edward
John Frederick: First Bulgarian Officer/Second
Inquisitor/Second Señor/Slave Driver/Hermann
John Minagro: Second Bulgarian Officer/Don
Issachar/Third Inquisitor/Tsar Ivan

* Festival Opera debut


Cunegonde (Marnie Breckenridge),
Maxilmilian (Bruce Brown), Candide
(Isaac Hurtado), and Paquette
(Rebecca Garcia).
Photo by Robert Shomler
Cunegonde resolves to "Glitter and Be Gay."
Photo by Robert Shomler
The grand inquisitor (Christopher Fernandez) prepares for the trial of Dr. Pangloss.
Photo by Robert Shomler
Voltaire (David Cox) blesses the
marriage of Candide and Cunegonde.
Photo by Robert Shomler