Lincoln Center, 33 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

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Closed January 15, 2017

"So for longtime City Opera devotees, this 'Candide' will feel like a return to a company milestone. But with Mr. Prince's inventive, reworked staging... not to mention a winning cast drawn from both theater and opera, this 'Candide' represents an encoura

Why See Candide?

Starring Linda Lavin

Twenty one-time Tony Award winner Hal Prince returns to New York City Opera to helm Candide. This celebrated 'opera house version' (as opposed to the one often revived on Broadway) of Bernstein's comic masterpiece was first debuted by New York City Opera in 1982, under the direction of Prince, and has since become one of the company's staples. This 2017 production boasts a very special guest star, with Tony winner Linda Lavin (Alice, Broadway Bound) starring in the role of the Old Lady.

A continent-spanning romp, Candide follows the fortunes of its eponymous protagonist, who is banished from his land by a baron, only to become caught up in a plot to overthrow the very same baron by an invading army. Full of soaring arias and the rightly celebrated Overture, which has become one of Bernstein's signature pieces, Candide is a treat for opera and Broadway fans alike.

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Opening night: 6 January 2017

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Sung in English with supertitles

Cast and Creative


Gregg Edelman as Voltaire, Pangloss, Governor, Businessman, Police Chief, 2nd Gambler, and Wisest Man
Jay Armstrong Johnson as Candide
Meghan Picerno as Cunegonde
Keith Phares as Maximilian
Linda Lavin as the Old Lady
Jessica Tyler Wright as Paquette.


Directed by Harold Prince
Choreographed by Patricia Birch
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music by Leonard Bernstein


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