Nov 26 2021


8:30 pm

Candide, Léonard Bernstein




Étienne de Bénazé (Ténor) – Candide 

Milena Bischoff (Soprano) – Cunégonde

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

Adrien Fournaison (Baryton-basse) – Maximilian

Cécile Madelin (Soprano) – Paquette

Matthieu Walendzik (Baryton) – Pangloss/Voltaire

Marco Angioloni (Ténor) – Le Gouverneur/Vander Dendur

François Macherey – Comédien

Fabrice Cals – Comédien

Karolos Zouganelis – Piano

David Stern - Conductor

Catherine Vrignaud-Cohen – Mise en scène

Delphine Brouard – Scénographie et costumes

Daniel Ferreira – Création lumière

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