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Candide 2022Scottish Opera

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It seems astonishing that it is well over thirty years since Scottish Opera mounted its last staging - conducted and edited by John Mauceri, directed by Jonathan Miller, and with the composer in the Theatre Royal for the TV broadcast.  Back in 1988 the piece was little known, notwithstanding a wonderfully enjoyable Birmingham Rep production at the 1981 Edinburgh Festival.  While it would be a great exaggeration to say that Candide is now commonplace, it is certainly much better known.

How good to see the company taking a second look.  This cast looks promising with two surprising elements being the casting of Susan Bullock as the hilarious Old Lady and dramatic tenor Ronald Samm in the various Pangloss parts.  Soprano Paula Sides is a familiar name in Perth, due to many visits to the Perth Festival with ETO, but perhaps less familiar in Glasgow.

What is particularly novel this time is that the production will be in the open air, moving round several stages in the company workshop's car park.  The emphasis is to be on displacement, which is, after all, the main theme of the work.  An amateur chorus will be recruited from the large community of displaced persons who have recently arrived in Glasgow.

Performance DatesCandide 2022

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Scottish Opera Production Studios | Glasgow

11 Aug, 18.00 13 Aug, 18.00 14 Aug, 18.00 16 Aug, 18.00 18 Aug, 18.00 20 Aug, 18.00

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