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Candide

Thanks to The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston for their fabulous production of… CANDIDE
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur & others
Directed and newly adapted from the Voltaire by Mary Zimmerman… and who gave permission to use their images.

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“Oh Happy We” from Candide by Leonard Bernstein, sung by June Anderson and Jerry Hadley with Maestro Leonard Bernstein conducting.

“Life is Happiness Indeed”
In Act 1 we find the 18th Century protagonists Candide, the illegitimate nephew of the fabulously rich Baron of Westphalia and Cunegonde, the Baron’s daughter. They sing of their love, but their visions of the future couldn’t be more different: he aspires to a simple life growing “peas and cabbages,” while she yearns for a life “rolling in luxury.” They don’t notice the differences.

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“Bon Voyage” sung by Stanford Olson with chorus. Bon voyage! part of Vanderdendur, a swindler, sung by Stanford Olsen with the Westminister Symphonic Choir, New York Philharmonic Conductor: Maestro Marin Alsop

“Bon Voyage”
Things do not go well. Bulgarians conquer Westphalia and everyone is scattered. But Candide finds Cunegonde in Spain where she is now a high-class prostitute. They escape and travel to Buenos Aires. There, the Governor detains the beautiful girl to be his mistress. Candide is driven to the jungle but finds Eldorado, “the land of happy people.” He helps himself to some red-gold sheep. He uses them to purchase Cunegonde’s freedom. The citizens of the port city of Surinam bid him “Bon Voyage.”

Candide tries to secure passage to Venice to find his lady love Cunegonde. In this scene Mrs.Vanderdendur offers her ship. When Candide readily agrees to Vanderdendur’s high price, Vanderdendur deduces that Candide’s sheep are carrying a fortune of gold and jewels from Eldorado. Candide puts his sheep on board in advance, and Vanderdendur sails off without him, taking much of Candide’s fortune!

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“Candide at Sea, ou L’Optimisme”
Candide is at sea, optimistic that he will be reunited with Cunegonde in Venice. But, the ship sinks: he was swindled and sold “a wreck of a boat.” Somehow, after much further travail, they both make it to Venice. They are “not what they were” – “youth, charm and grace” are gone. But after much thought they decide to marry and “make our garden grow” on a small farm on the outskirts of Venice.

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The Barber of Seville in My Home Town

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The inspiration for my print on porcelain stage design “The Barber of Seville in My Home Town”  was my daughter Roselin, a Mezzo Soprano, who sang the role of Rosina with the Longwood Opera Company: www.RoselinOsser.com.

The opera was directed by J. Scott Brumit with musical direction by Jeffrey Brody.

The mission of Longwood Opera is twofold:

•to prepare trained emerging singers for the next stage in their operatic careers by providing them with the opportunity to practice their art and to polish their performing skills in major roles before a live audience

•to foster appreciation for opera among individuals from all walks of life in the Greater Boston communities by offering high-quality, accessible and affordable operatic experiences

The Barber of Seville, by Gioacchino Rossini, tells a story of two men, Count Almaviva and Dr. Bartolo, who compete for the affection of the Sevillian señorita, Rosina.

Using a variety of schemes, the Count attempts to woo Rosina from her over-bearing guardian, whom she is condemned to marry. With the clever aid of the Count’s friend Figaro, the Barber of Seville, comedy and confusion ensue, all set to Rossini’s exuberant and popular music score.

The Barber of Seville, or The Futile Precaution (Italian: Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L’inutile precauzioneis) an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais’s French comedy Le Barbier de Séville (1775). The première of Rossini’s opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L’inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Made out of porcelain, underglaze applied through silkscreens made from my original sketches, glaze, wood.

15″H x 13″ D x 26″ L

Wooden Stage by Ben Moroze, Photography by Bill Davison

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Overture: The Accompanist

 

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Figaro’s Aria: Largo al factotum della città – Sung in Italian by baritone Sherrill Milnes

Translation: Make way for the factotum of the city – (someone who does many jobs) sung in English by baritone Alan Opie, conducted by Gabriele Bellini with the English National Opera Orchestra

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Count Almaviva’s Aria: Se il mio nome saper voi bramate,  sung in Italian by Tenor Nicolai Gedda, conducted by James Levine with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Translation: My poor heart is so full of emotion

Sung in English by tenor Bruce Ford and conducted by Gabriele Bellini with the English National Opera Orchestra

 

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“Where’s the Master?
Count Almaviva, disguised as a soldier, very funny encounter with Dr. Bartolo

 

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Rosina’s aria: Una voce poco ffirst sung in Italian by Lyric Soprano Beverly Sills conducted by James Levine with the London Symphony Orchestra

Translation: In my heart a gentle voice sung by Lyric Soprano  Della Jones, conducted by Gabriele Bellini with the English National Opera Orchestra.

 

 

I can be so demure
Rosina

 

So that is it
Figaro and Rosina

 

Then it’s me
Rosina

 

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I love a happy ending….
Figaro, chorus, Rosina, Count Almaviva, and the entire cast.

 

 

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