If I'm not pure, at least my jewels are!
November 7, 2007 1:28 PM Subscribe
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, Sumi Jo
, Young Dessay
, Chenoweth again
.Cunegonda's comic coloratura number
, "Glitter and be Gay"is the centerpiece of Candide
--Leonard Bernstein's brilliant non-American-non-musical
, anti-operatic non-operetta
and terminally unsuccessful
"Among the most fiendishly challenging coloratura soprano arias
," the difficult musical demands of "Glitter and Be Gay" combine with elements of comedy, parody, farce, and elaborate staging. It's the quintessential example of a work that requires an opera singer who can really act, or an actor who can really sing operatically. Can anyone really do both?
More Glitter: score
More Candide: guide
, 1956 libretto
, 1956 original cast recording
, 1973 libretto
, 1989 Bernstein recording
, 1997 update
, 1999 update
, place in history?