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Candide

It must be so from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. As Candide “The title role was beautifully sung and winningly played by Brian Cheney, protégé of the late tenor Jerry Hadley, Bernstein’s own choice for the title role in his 1989 recording.” The Sondheim Review “Cheney rises to the difficult role of Candide, and masters the challenging music.

Jerry Hadley

During the final years of Jerry Hadley’s life, the legendary American tenor served as a powerful and influential mentor and dear friend to Brian Cheney. Brian refers to Jerry as, “my best friend, my brother and my musical father.” Under Jerry’s mentorship Brian learned from the art, nuance and stylistic ease of singing many different operatic