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CandideNew production

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Komische Oper BerlinBehrenstraße 55-57, Berlin, Germany
2018 November 24 19:30, December 01 19:30, December 12 19:30, December 21 19:30, December 31 14:00, 19:00, 2019 January 10 19:30, January 25 19:30, February 03 16:00, March 27 19:30, April 03 19:30
Performers
Komische Oper Berlin
Jordan De SouzaConductor
Barrie KoskyDirector
Rebecca RingstSet Designer
Klaus BrunsCostume Designer
Nicole ChevalierSopranoCunegonde
Allan ClaytonTenorCandide
Anne Sofie von OtterMezzo-sopranoOld Lady
Franz HawlataBassDoctor Pangloss
Dominik KöningerBaritoneMaximilian
Maria FiselierMezzo-sopranoPaquette
Adrian StrooperTenorGovernor
Emil ŁaweckiTenorCacambo
Tom Erik LieBaritoneMartin
Otto PichlerChoreography
Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

Following the runaway success of his truly original West Side Story, Barrie Kosky presents a less well-known Leonard Bernstein work, Candide. He is helped in this by a whole series of extraordinary vocalists, such as the baritone Franz Hawlata, a Bayreuth stalwart; the English tenor Allan Clayton, who was already much celebrated in Castor and Pollux; audience favourite Nicole Chevalier; and the world-famous mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. 

After revealing his love to the elegant Baroness Kunigunde, the less well-born Candide is immediately forced to leave his beloved home of Westphalia. Just like Peer Gynt and Hans in Luck, he sets off on a journey through the world, driven by the creed of his teacher Pangloss, which posits that the world in its current state is the only world that exists and is therefore also the best of all possible worlds. And even though Candide travels from Westphalia to Lisbon, from Brazil to Venice and encounters nothing but the hair-raising cruelty of nature and humankind, he does not waver in his belief in goodness, nor in his love for Kunigunde. At the end, he is finally allowed to take his beloved into his arms – all’s well that ends well?

Voltaire, icon of French philosophy, created a milestone of the European Enlightenment with his satirical novella Candideou l’Optimisme of 1759. With his sharp tongue and always focused on reality, he criticised the optimistic teachings of German philosophers such as Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz und Christian Wolff. Exceptionally challenging source material for a musical that has gone through numerous iterations before arriving at a version created at the end of the 1990s which is both close to the original work by Voltaire and also fully showcases Bernstein’s fresh and effervescent music. Bitingly sarcastic, impressively entertaining and challenging all at once!

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