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About Washington National Opera: Candide

Embrace a sunny outlook and everything will be OK, right? Not so in Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, which annihilates any notions of hope with its dizzying display of human depravity and catastrophic disasters. When young Candide's marriage proposal to a baron's daughter doesn't quite go as planned, this naïve student of optimism is thrust into an eye-opening odyssey across lands near and far, discovering the horrors of existence at every turn.

War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of "Candide" still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

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The John. F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

As the nation's center for the performing arts, the Kennedy Center is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Center strives to commission, produce, and present performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence and diversity indicative of the world in which we live, and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through arts education. Companies who operate out of the Kennedy Center include The Washington Ballet, Shear Madness, National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, and Broadway Across America. "

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