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Playing period

02 - 03. November



Playing time

2 h 20 m


150-750 NOK

The cast is large: the narrator introduces Candide and his erratic love, Cunegonde, the arrogant young baron Maximillian, Dr Pangloss, Paquette the maid, the vivacious old lady… and a raft of characters emerge: kings, Grand Inquisitors, cardinals, croupiers, tsars, crooks and sultans.

When Leonard Bernstein and his group of sparky librettists chose Voltair´s revolutionary Age of Enlightenment novella to create an operetta they took on a major challenge. The story – about an innocent youth who weathers a series of spectacular misfortunes, but emerges resolutely optimistic – races around the world embracing earthquakes, murders, furious fires and all manner of disasters. But Bernstein was undaunted, producing a fabulous score which reflects all the bitter-sweet joy, sarcasm, wit and wonder of the text.

Read the synopsis for Bernstein's Candide here

We´re thrilled to have distinguished actor Kevin Whately as our narrator, brilliant young tenor Anthony Gregory as Candide, and award-winning young South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as Cunegonde, and great Norwegian mezzo Randi Stene as the Old Lady. Candide is directed by rising star Thom Southerland.

Performed in English, the songs have Norwegian surtitles

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Choir

Semi-staged concert
Candide is usually presented as a semi-staged concert. This means that the singers and actors are wearing costume elements and there is a limited number of props. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is on stage during semi-staged concerts in and in the pit during fully staged operas.

New production by Bergen National Opera

Presented by Bergen National Opera and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Tap your toes to the infectious rhythms, gasp at Glitter and be Gay´s virtuosity, enjoy the whirlwind musical ride.

Hear our Cunegonde, award-winning young South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu, sing E Strano Sempre Libera, from La Traviata by Verdi:

Pictures from the first costume fitting:

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Matt Clutterham

Matt Clutterham

Lighting Designer

Vuvu Mpofu

Vuvu Mpofu


Gidon Saks Square

Gidon Saks

Dr. Pangloss / Martin

Marcus Farnsworth

Marcus Farnsworth

Maximillian / Captain

Randi Stene Square Nett

Randi Stene

The Old Lady

David Curry Square Nett

David Curry

Governor / Vanderdendur / Ragotski

Tom Smith Editedbacktround

Tom Smith

Cosmetic Merchant / 1. Inquisitor / Charles Edward / 1. Señor

Erlend Tvinnereim Square Nett

Erlend Tvinnereim

Alchemist/ Sultan Achmet / Crook / 2. Señor

Anton Ljungqvist Square Nett

Anton Ljungqvist

Doctor / 2. Inquisitor / King Stanislaus / Croupier

David Hansford

David Hansford

Bear-Keeper / 3. Inquisitor / Tsar Ivan

Alex Baker Square Nett

Alexander Robin Baker

Junkman / King Hermann Augustus

Selected dates

02/11 Friday 19.00
Grieghallen Play ended
Play ended
03/11 Saturday 19.00
Greighallen Play ended
Play ended