Elder Conservatorium of Music Theatre Students Join State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company South Australia for Candide

For the first time in more than a decade, State Opera South Australia and State Theatre Company South Australia will come together to present a spectacular concert version of Leonard Bernstein's beloved comic operetta and existential vaudeville, Candide, featuring a group of 19 Elder Conservatorium of Music Theatre students in a work-integrated-learning context. Among the students performing are Amy McCann, Sascha Debney-Matiszik, and Brendan Tomlins (pictured below), who are in their final year of the Bachelor of Music Theatre degree.

Amy McCann, Sascha Debney-Matiszik, Brendan Tomlins

Based on Voltaire's 1759 novella, this Broadway hit tells the story of naive young Candide who falls in love with the beautiful Cunegonde. Along with their misfit band of friends, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, learning about life, love and themselves along the way.

This major theatrical event brings together some of Australia's most celebrated musical and opera stars including Alex Lewis (The Merry Widow, Barrie Kosky's The Nose) as Candide, Annie Aitken (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Cunegonde, John Longmuir (Pirates of Penzance, The Barber of Seville) and featuring the legendary talents of award-winning cabaret star Hans (Matt Gilbertson) and Australian and West End stage titan Caroline O'Connor (Chicago, Moulin Rouge, 9 to 5 The Musical).

State Theatre's own Artistic Director, Mitchell Butel, assumes the role of Candide's teacher Pangloss, and doubles up his duties as Co-Director alongside Amy Campbell (Once, A Chorus Line). The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and State Opera Chorus, under the baton of State Opera's Head of Music Anthony Hunt, will bring Bernstein's sumptuous, sparkling score to life.

Thursday 23–Saturday 25 May
Her Majesty's Theatre


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