Curtis Opera Theatre | Curtis100 | April 11, 2025 7:00 p.m.

Bernstein’s outrageous, philosophical operetta

Curtis Opera Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein’s timeless masterpiece, Candide.  Filled with sparkling wit, soaring melodies, and globe-trotting grandeur, this bitingly clever adaptation of Voltaire’s philosophical French novella is an absurdist romp across “the best of all possible worlds.” Featuring iconic songs like “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” Candide‘s satirical exploration of innocence and folly resonates deeply today. Don’t miss this unforgettable production as Curtis Opera Theatre celebrates Bernstein’s enduring legacy.

LEONARD BERNSTEIN (Conducting ’41), music


Candide will be performed in English with English supertitles. 

  • April 11, 2025
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • The Forrest Theatre
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  • Throughout his distinguished career, conductor David Charles Abell has excelled in a wide range of musical genres, from contemporary opera to worldwide television broadcasts. Learn more

  • Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director; she is also the managing artistic director of Mannes Opera, a program at the College of Performing Arts at The New School. Learn more

  • Through visionary productions, bold concepts, and compelling narratives, the artists of Curtis Opera Theatre prepare to become stars of the world stage. The combination of key elements of artistry—music, acting, singing, and design—allows these student-artists to create a lasting connection with audiences.

  • Acclaimed for its “otherworldly ensemble and professional level of sophistication” (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra offers a dynamic showcase of tomorrow’s exceptional young talent. Each year the 100 extraordinary musicians of the orchestra work with internationally renowned conductors, including Osmo Vänskä, Vladimir Jurowski, Marin Alsop, Simon Rattle, Robert Spano, and Yannick Nézet Séguin, who also mentors the early-career conductors who hold Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellowships. This professional training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in America’s leading orchestras, as well as esteemed orchestral, opera, and chamber ensembles around the world.

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Special Thanks

The Comet / Poppea is realized through a landmark partnership among organizations across the United States, produced by Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan, The Industry, AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company), and Curtis Institute of Music. 

Curtis’ Centennial Season is made possible through the support of Derek and Sissela Bok, the Mary Louise Curtis Bok Foundation, Deborah M. Fretz, Charles C. Freyer and Judith Durkin Freyer, Lisa and Gie Liem, Mark and Robin Rubenstein, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Curtis Institute of Music received funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Curtis Opera Theatre is generously supported by the Ernestine Bacon Cairns Trust, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Wyncote Foundation. 


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