English National Opera in association with The Photographers Gallery asked people to upload their own images inspired by ENO’s production of Candide around the theme of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’.

The image above was chosen as our winner.  Photographer Jaynel was inspired by  ‘Make our Garden Grow’ from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide.

“Let dreamers dream
What worlds they please
Those Edens can’t be found.
The sweetest flowers,
The fairest trees
Are grown in solid ground.”

Winner Janel recieves a funky fifties style Diana camera, a year’s membership to The Photographers’ Gallery (London) plus two free tickets to see Candide and a bottle of champagne.

Many thanks to everyone who uploaded a photo! 

Here are some more of our favourites:

To see all the images http://www.flickr.com/groups/candide/pool/ 

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Candide Culture Minute

July 7, 2008

Check out Candide covered by Telegraph.TV’s Culture Minute:

Candide on Telegraph.TV\'s Culture Minute
Candide on Telegraph.TV\

Click on the image to see the video.

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Our photography competition with the Photographers Gallery closes on Thursday.  Visit http://www.flickr.com/groups/candide or see https://englishnationalopera.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/thr-pursuit-of-happiness-a-photography-competition-from-eno/ for more information.

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Thanks to the West End Whingers for their review of Candide including a link to our audience reviews: http://www.enoinsideout.org.uk/eno/?page_id=97

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The Pursuit of Happiness??...

Candide: The Pursuit of Happiness??...

Calling all budding photographers! English National Opera, in association with The Photographers Gallery would like to offer you the chance to win a funky fifties style Diana camera, a year’s membership to The Photographers’ Gallery (London) plus two free tickets to see Candide and a bottle of champagne.

Voltaire’s Candide is a naïve optimist whose travels around the world in pursuit of happiness are challenged by a series of adverse circumstances – to great comic effect! Inspired by Voltaire’s masterpiece, Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, On the Town) wrote the musical Candide which maximises the deliciously rich content of the novel by combining the philosophical, the dramatic and the comedic in one witty and entertaining masterpiece.

ENO is delighted to be staging an outstanding production of Candide at the London Coliseum from 23 June to 12 July and in this adaptation, Director Robert Carson has set the story in post-war America of the 1950s offering a new angle on Candide’s optimism in the wake of the international horror of WWII.

Voltaire’s Candide has, therefore been an inspiration to creative talents across the centuries! How does it inspire you?

We want to see your photographs inspired by Candide’s travels in pursuit of happiness. Taking inspiration from this story in its various guises we’d like to hear what Candide’s philosophy means to you!

For more inspiration, check out our interview with director Robert Carsen: www.eno.org/candide/video.html or watch our series of behind the scenes films: englishnationalopera.wordpress.com

To Enter The Pursuit of Happiness competition

Upload your photograph entitled ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ to our Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/candide. Deadline is Thursday 10 July. A winner will be chosen and notified by Friday 11 July 2008 and the winning image published in our blog englishnationalopera.wordpress.com.

We look forward to receiving all your entries and wish you the best of luck. You can enter as many images as you like, but the winner will be chosen on its relevance to the title ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and to ENO’s production of Candide. www.eno.org/candide
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ENO Interactive welcomes you back to the third and final instalment of The Pursuit of Happiness – our freshly made sneak peek at ENO’s final production of our 2007/08 season – Candide by Leonard Bernstein which opened last week to great reviews!

This week, after getting some fantastic and informative vox pops from audience members at the premiere, we hang out at the opening night party, getting some feedback from the cast and eavesdropping on some of their conversations!

As usual, its all presented by your delightful host, the lovely Marnie Breckenridge who plays Cunegonde for the final 9 performances of ENO’s production of Candide.

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ENO Interactive welcomes you back to the second instalment of The Pursuit of Happiness – our freshly made sneak peek at ENOs final production of our 2007/08 season – Candide by Leonard Bernstein which OPENS TONIGHT!

This week, we have an exclusive interview with director Robert Carsen, as well as our usual video diaries from the cast, and fly-on-the-wall rehearsal footage in our ‘Candide Camera’ section – all taken in week 6 of rehearsals – they’ve come a long way even since then.  And it’s all presented by your delightful host, the lovely Marnie Breckenridge who plays Cunegonde for the final 9 performances of ENOs production of Candide.

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ENO Interactive welcomes you to the first instalment of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ – our freshly made sneak peek at ENO’s final production of our 2007/08 season – Candide by Leonard Bernstein. Director Robert Carsen’s award-winning new ENO co-production, the sensation of both La Scala, Milan and the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, features a company and orchestra of over 100, ingenious sets and colourful costumes.  Toby Spence, Anna Christy, Marnie Breckenridge, Alex Jennings and Beverley Klein lead the outstanding cast in this summers unmissable London musical. 
 
Based on Voltaires satirical masterpiece, Candide follows the journey of a young man who is determined to follow his tutors philosophy of absolute optimism all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.  However, his beliefs are severely challenged when he leaves the sheltered environment of his home to embark on an epic journey across 1950s America…

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The Pursuit of Happiness is presented by Marnie Breckenridge who plays Cunegonde for the final 9 performances of ENO’s production of Candide.

Adrian Brand (Berlusconi) gives us a peek behind the scenes at Candide rehearsals – unexpectedly interrupted by an unexploded bomb in the canal at 3 Mills Island!

How exciting!! We have had to move the rehearsals because of a World War II bomb! Being Australian, it’s not very often I come across 60 year old bombs! At least this way I am getting to visit another part of London, which I didn’t know: Camden Town…. Very exotic! Most interesting part of town! But I am missing my real props!

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Thanks Adrian!  Keep us posted.  The exciting world of Opera eh?…

See what our audiences thought of the opening night of David McVicar's award winning Rosenkavalier.

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ENO\'s first ever digital opera guide

Alongside invaluable information about the Autumn Season, this new digital format also enables us to feature fascinating interviews with the cast and creative teams working on upcoming productions, as well as audio clips to give you a taste of the great music in store.

To view the guide visit http://www.eno.org/operaguide

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