Reviews are in for James Conlon conducting LA Opera’s Candide

Bernstein’s Candide opened at LA Opera this past weekend with James Conlon leading a star-studded cast including Kelsey Grammer and Christine Ebersole.

“James Conlon conducts with Verdian verve”—Los Angeles Times

“From the moment the amazing James Conlon-conducted orchestra began their crisp, lively Overture to Quartet Finale, the close of Act One; this remarkable production of CANDIDE entranced the Dorothy Chandler audience.”—Broadway World

“James Conlon never expected to conduct Candide, though he led the operetta’s (we’ll classify it this way moving forward) “Overture” over 40 times…what a treat for him. The Queens-born New Yorker grew up in Leonard Bernstein’s backyard, and so there’s a keen connection to Broadway influences hovering alongside Lincoln Center and points beyond.”—ConcertoNet

Bernstein’s operetta is performed as part of world-wide celebration of the composer’s centennial. With an additional performance added January 27, there are now six more performances through February 18. Tickets at

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