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March 16th, 2010
Texas State Opera Theater to perform Candide

031510bernstComposer Leonard Berstein. Photo by Pierre Vozlinksy, courtesy The Leonard Bernstein Office, Inc.

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Texas State’s Opera Theater will sing three performances of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” Evening performances are on March 26-27 at 7:30 p.m. at Evans Auditorium on the campus of the university. There will be a matinee performance on March 28 at 2 p.m.

“Candide” is based upon Voltaire’s classic, “Candide: or Optimism,” his controversial satire of 1759. It is the story of the travails of a young man as he falls in love and is beset by a series of remarkable and often unfortunate events. The music is by Bernstein, but the lyrics are a cooperative pastiche of Berstein, poet Richard Wilber, James Agee, Dorothy Parker, song writing duo Adolph Green and Betty Comden, Lillian Hellman and Bernstein’s wife Felicia, among others.

Performing one show each semester, Texas State Opera Theater is devoted to teaching students the mastery of the techniques of acting to enhance their musical performances. Director of Opera Studies Samuel Mungo said he believes the traditional “stand and sing” opera, in an era of movies and television, is over.

“At Texas State, we strive to create the true ‘singing actor’ — one who can use the voice and music, as well as character and technique, to build a believable operatic character,” Mungo said.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets will be available at the door and in advance through Costumed Occasions, 150 South LBJ Drive, and through the music department at Texas State.

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