In a capstone to our Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, we present his quirky, complex, irreverent, and very humorous operetta Candide, with orchestral staging.
The Philadelphia Orchestra has enjoyed some milestone moments over the years with “theater-of-a-concert” presentations—unique multimedia and lighting effects and theatrical elements designed to enhance the concert experience. I’ve been involved in bringing this concept to the Orchestra since the beginning, and I look forward to creating a site-specific fusion of Tosca within the Orchestra’s environment.
For Tosca I proposed a series of collapsible and reusable platforms to sit up and above the Orchestra and connect with the Conductor’s Circle in Verizon Hall.
Act I takes place in the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle. The Conductor’s Circle will be the church with aisles and pews used by a congregation of choirboys, clergy, and Roman citizens.
To visually assist the audience in placing this locale, and the others as well, I envisaged projecting images onto the organ pipes. We decided to use the pipes as a canvas and offer each act a pictorial understanding of locale, as follows:
Act I: Church. Stained glass religious iconography.
Act II: The office of Scarpia, Rome’s chief of police. A map of Rome, which I conceived should bleed once he’s murdered.
Act III: The battlements of Castel Sant’Angelo. The statue that sits atop the castle, Archangel Michael with his sword.