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Nov 06 2020

Candide, Léonard Bernstein
COVID 19: Annulé

  • 6 novembre 2020 – 18h30 – Centre culturel Jean Vilar, Marly le Roi

Informations et billetterie Centre culturel Jean Vilar



Solistes de l’Atelier lyrique d’Opera Fuoco

Candide – Étienne Duhil de Benaze (Ténor)

Cunégonde – Milena Bischoff (Soprano)

Old Lady – Anne-Lise Polchlopek (Mezzo-soprano)

Maximilian – Adrien Fournaison (Baryton-basse)

Paquette – Cécile Madelin (Soprano)

Pangloss/Voltaire – Matthieu Walendzik (Baryton)

Le Gouverneur/Vander Dendur – Marco Angioloni (Ténor)

François Macherey – Comédien

Nils Ohlund – Comédien

Piano – Karolos Zouganelis

Artistic director – David Stern

Mise en scène – Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen

Scénographie et costumes – Delphine Brouard

Création lumière – Daniel Ferreira

Représentation in french and in english (songs) with subtitles - Duration : 1h40


The infamous philosophical tale of Candide is an epic legend, a voyage across the world. A world where humans are propelled from place to place by their thoughts and intentions. Reflecting on this text, I was fascinated by its contemporary resonance. The natural catastrophes, the shipwrecks at sea, the excess of injustice and intolerance, fanaticism … these could all be newspaper headlines of our time. Situated among our contemporary themes of European unity, human rights and the environment, revisiting the story of Candide has real urgency and purpose.

Leonard Bernstein infuses the adaptation with a disarming sense of humor and an exceptional original score. Taking this piece out of its iconic context to make it more accessible and contemporary would allow Voltaire’s message to shine through.

Even though the singing will remain in English, the spoken text will be adapted into French. What is more exciting than a boxing match between Voltaire and Bernstein, to pitch French philosophical thought against American optimism?

Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen, stage-director

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