UW-P hosts Milwaukee Opera’s ‘Candide’ Sept. 26
The Milwaukee Opera Theatre brings its production of Voltaire's classic "Candide" to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for two performances Wednesday, Sept. 26. With the voices of two UW-Parkside graduates in the ensemble, this "intimate opera" is presented in the Instrumental Rehearsal Room (room D184) of the Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities at 4 and 7:30 p.m.
"I am excited to have the Milwaukee Opera Theatre bring their production of 'Candide' to our campus," said UW-Parkside Assistant Music Professor and Opera Workshop Director Ami Bouterse. "Milwaukee Opera's Artistic Director Jill Anna Ponasik and I established an apprenticeship for talented UW-Parkside students or recent graduates and this production features our 'Apprentice Artists' Julianne Frey and Teresa Gracyalny in the ensemble."
Called a "classic opera for a modern world," this lightning-paced satire follows the hapless Candide as he is cast from his home, drafted by the Bulgarian army, faces the Spanish Inquisition, is cheated out of a fortune, shipwrecks on a desert isle, and is repeatedly separated from Cunegonde, his one true love. Through it all, he perseveres thanks to the counsel of his master Dr. Pangloss that "everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds."
Milwaukee Opera Theatre takes the term "intimate opera" to a whole new level. Staged in an ordinary classroom with everyone seated in comfortable chairs, this masterwork surrounds the audience on all sides with the tragicomedy that is "Candide."Seating for this production is extremely limited. Admission to the 4 p.m. performance is free to UW-Parkside students, faculty, and staff. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $25 for premium reserved seats, $20 for general admission, and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be ordered online at www.brownpapertickets.com and by calling toll free 1-800-838-3006.