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Candide

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Mar
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Operetta-Comic in 2 Acts
Libretto by Hugh Wheeler, adapted from Voltaire
Duration: 2h30
Incl. 1 intermission
CHF: 30.00 - 175.00
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This "American-style operetta" questions the optimism of the Brave New World and its supposed superiority.

Based on the eponymous work by Voltaire, Candide according to Bernstein transposes the caustic Voltairean sense of humour into contemporary American society. A comedy that mocks the world’s absurdity, this ‘American operetta’ questions the optimism of Brave New World and its supposed superiority. Bernstein creates a lyric work unique in its genre. Candide is subjected to a significant number of edits by a variety of people before arriving at its final form which encompasses all its originality. Just like the fate of the work itself, the young Candide’s initiation journey is marked by several adventures and sudden changes. While he learns at his own expense that ‘everything is not for the best in the best of all possible worlds’, the music on the other hand returns to optimism in sparkling passages full of joy and parody. Nothing is left out: a brilliant overture, the pieces of bravery for the coloratura, the dances, from the tango to the gavotte; everything is there. Irony and good nature mark the path of happiness, which consists very simply of ‘cultivating our garden’.

Gavriel Heine
Conductor
Vincent Boussard
Direction
Christian Lacroix
Costumes
Miles Mykkanen
Candide

Music by Leonard Bernstein, book by Hugh Wheeler after Voltaire, Lyrics by Richard Wilbur, with additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John La Touche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein

Orchestrations by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay; Musical continuity and additional orchestrations by John Mauceri, with a narration for concert version by Leonard Bernstein and John Wells, adapted from the satire by Voltaire and the book by Hugh Wheeler; edited and supplemented by Erik Haagensen.

 Work given by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Limited.

Candide
Miles Mykkanen
Cunégonde
Marie Lys
Old Lady
Anna Steiger
Pangloss (Voltaire), Martin
Franco Pomponi
Maximilian, Captain, Herman Augustus
Joël Terrin
Conductor
Gavriel Heine
Direction
Vincent Boussard
Set Design
Vincent Lemaire
Costumes
Christian Lacroix
Lighting
Nicolas Gilli
Video
Isabel Robson
Choreography
Helge Letonja
Director's Assistant
Gediminas Seduikis
Costume's Assistant
Robert Schwaighofer

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