Leonard Bernstein, a master of the 20th century American musical, revisits the French Enlightenment.
Jack Swanson Candide
Sabine Devieilhe Cunegonde
Nicolas Rivenq Pangloss
Anne Sofie von Otter The old lady
Jennifer Courcier Paquette
Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin Maximilian / Captain / Archbishop
Kevin Amiel Governor / Judge / Inquisitor
Distribution à compléter
Robert Tuohy direction
Opéra de Marseille Orchestra and Choir
Sung in English with French and English subtitles
Candide, which was staged in New York in 1956, is a free adaptation of Voltaire’s novel infused by Bernstein with irony and cynicism in order to conjure up America in the 1950s. Playwright and scriptwriter Lillian Hellman, who was the inspiration behind the project, adds her talents to those of the musician to make it an overt “political critique in the post-McCarthy era”. But in addition to its political message, Candide, is characterised by its grim, dark humour, combined with dazzling and sustained musical inventiveness, and an irresistible rhythmic energy. The work draws on every musical style; jazz, operetta, musical theatre, gospel and even dodecaphonic passages all interweave with great flair. This is an opportunity to experience not just Leonard Bernstein the conductor and inspired teacher, but one of the masters of the American musical.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Grandes Voix